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LF Meets PSP Delegation: Differences in Views Will Not Affect Ties with Party

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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.

Comments 7
Missing chouf3 05 December 2012, 10:46

What a lovely sexy lady..

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 05 December 2012, 11:57

definitely u are not from chouf area...no other comment.

Thumb mckinl 05 December 2012, 11:03

The revelation concerning Saqr and Hariri arming the Jihadists in Syria has fundamentally changed the political equation. The admission by Saqr was a blow to March 14 credibility.

Certainly the LF guessed or even knew about the Saqr-Hariri involvement in Syria but now that it has become public it defeats the March 14 outrage at Hezbollah's involvement there.

The public wants the government to do its job. Stability is the only path to economic growth and social stability. March 14's increasingly shrill pronouncements show disdain for the good of the country.

Missing thatisit 05 December 2012, 11:34

what we need is to continue dialogue and find common grounds no matter what the differences are. not talking and increase in tension will only lead to stability and chaos. Lebanon has suffered enough at the hands of its own leaders and our lovely neighbors. While i disagree with some of WJ certain political views, I have to commend him on this effort to revitalize the gloomy political atmosphere and provide a safe buffer to all lebanese of what could become any ugly war given the way the country is divided up now. His move to the center was a very strategic move that cost him some support of his political base but will have long term benefits to all lebanese for years to come.

Thumb shab 05 December 2012, 13:06

Their support to FSA will secure them high voting results.

Thumb mckinl 05 December 2012, 13:33

Most Lebanese are tired of entanglements with foreign powers that always seem to leave the country in worse shape. Lebanese politicians that flout Lebanese foreign policy for their own benefit are not needed or wanted.

Lebanon has been a staging area for proxy wars for over 30 years and now Beirut, once the Paris of the Middle East, a banking hub, business center and premier tourist destination is a shadow of its' former self ... Only peace and stability will lead to a more prosperous Lebanon.

Default-user-icon accountability (Guest) 05 December 2012, 15:41

true words from Mckinl...Disarm ha, because lebanon has been paying the biggest price! Whomever wants to liberate palestine, go to do it from palestine, iran, or another arab country...