FPM Reassures on Maarab Agreement, Says Clemenceau Meeting 'Not Against Anyone'
The Free Patriotic Movement has reassured on the fate of the Maarab Agreement with the Lebanese Forces amid growing differences between the two parties, while noting that the latest Clemenceau meeting was not targeted against the FPM.
“The agreement between us does not negate the presence of discrepancies on several topics, seeing as any agreement between two parties does not mean that they should become a single party,” FPM sources told al-Joumhouria daily in remarks published Wednesday.
“The presence of some disagreements is normal but there will be no turning back in the relation to the pre-Maarab Agreement era,” the sources reassured.
Turning to the latest tripartite meeting in Clemenceau between Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Druze leader MP Walid Jumblat, the sources said they do not believe that the meeting was “targeted against anyone.”
“Claims that this meeting was targeted against the presidential tenure or (Foreign) Minister (Jebran) Bassil or that it is an attempt at reviving the troika era are incorrect,” the sources added.
“It was a reconciliation and dialogue meeting between PM Hariri and MP Walid Jumblat under the auspices of Speaker Berri, and it is similar to all the rapprochement meetings between the Lebanese,” the FPM sources went on to say.
“The FPM's policy is to encourage rapprochement and openness among all parties, and the Clemenceau meeting falls under this approach,” the sources said.