Geagea Affirms Adherence to Maarab Agreement

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea affirmed commitment on Monday to the Maarab Agreement signed with the Free Patriotic Movement during his meeting with a delegation of expatriates at his residence in Maarab, the National News Agency reported.

“We will not give up on the Maarab Agreement and we will return to it every single time," stressed Geagea.

"We are holding onto this agreement, which can only be terminated by the will of the two concerned sides," he said.

“If any of the two parties attempts to evade the agreement, it means that this side has turned against it," he added.

The 2016 Maarab agreement brought the onetime foes together, LF chief Samir Geagea and FPM founder President Michel Aoun. Geagea had withdrawn from the presidential race in favor of Aoun endorsing him for the head of State post.

Moreover, Geagea reiterated that the LF would obtain a substantial share inside the government.

The formation of the Cabinet has been delayed since Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was tasked for the mission on May 24. The main obstacle hindering his mission is political wrangling over Christian and Druze representation.

The LF demand the allocation of four portfolios including a sovereign one. Meanwhile, the FPM reportedly rejects the demand.

The four so-called sovereign ministerial portfolios are foreign affairs, defense, finance and interior.

Source: Naharnet

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