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.

Comments 3
Thumb s.o.s 11 October 2017, 14:18

Of course this pact will end one day or another because it's unnatural. why? because the base will push for the divorce, not the leadership.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 11 October 2017, 19:30

Actually the base has never been closer than it is today especially in within universities and trade unions. Only a few diehard ex-Hbai2ists, placed Qawmis and Baathists, some paid so called FPM journalists and Bassil's own sometimes hot and sometimes cold self serving rhetoric are interested in the escalation. One major problem the FPM faces is the post Michel Aoun succession. It's the elephant in the room whenever there is a large gathering of supporters. Bassil is still not very popular amongst many of the rank and file, especially with his escalating quarrel with Gen. Chamel Roukoz, but they tolerate him because it's what Aoun wishes. This is not an analysis, this is a view from the inside. My wife is a long time official withing the FPM (UNFORTUNATELY :)).

Thumb s.o.s 12 October 2017, 10:59

Thanks for you input. The people I get to speak to are i guess what you qualify as die hard ex hobai'is ??? Are they representative of the typical LF base, how would I know. But most of them really have a defiant vision of the pact. But then again, it isn't my place to speak in their name. Anyways, your comment about the internal conflicts is most interesting and kind of enlightening . thanks.