LF Meets PSP Delegation: Differences in Views Will Not Affect Ties with Partyإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A Progressive Socialist Party delegation held talks recently with Lebanese Forces officials as part of ongoing efforts to resolve Lebanon's political crisis, announced the LF in a statement on Wednesday.
MP Strida Geagea said after the talks: “Differences in opinion do not mean that ties between the LF and PSP will change, but they will always remain good.”
She described the meeting as good, revealing: “All issues were discussed honestly and in detail.”
The meeting included Ministers Ghazi al-Aridi, Alaeddine Terro, other PSP officials, LF leader Samir Geagea, LF MPs Georges Adwan, Geagea, and former MP Salim Wardeh.
For his part, Aridi said that the meeting covered all political issues linked to PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat's initiative.
“It is natural to have differences, but it is important that contacts remain between the Lebanese people,” he stressed.
“Dialogue will remain seeing as it allows us to discuss pending issues and our concerns,” he remarked.
An agreement was reached to meet again, “seeing as we are still at the beginning of our consultations,” revealed the minister.
Aridi stressed the need to protect Lebanon's stability from the repercussions of regional developments
Earlier on Wednesday, al-Akhbar newspaper said that the two sides held a “very good meeting,” but the differences over the “concept of the national dialogue” still remain.
The national dialogue was resume in June after a 19-month absence, but LF leader Samir Geagea refused to return to the all-party talks after he deemed them a waste of time.
He has reiterated his position in recent weeks, saying that he advocates dialogue in principle, but refuses to hold talks with the current members of the dialogue table.
The PSP delegation has been holding talks with major political figures to propose to them Jumblat's initiative to resolve the country's political crisis.
Its latest talks involved Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel on Monday and it has so far met with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, Miqati, Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun to suggest a return to dialogue and an end to involvement in the Syrian crisis, according to Jumblat's initiative.