Riachi Says LF Determined to Carry Out Reconciliation with FPM

Lebanese Forces media officer Melhem Riachi stressed on Saturday that the party insists on carrying out reconciliation with the Free Patriotic Movement and announce the “declaration of intent.”

He pointed out that prominent officials at the LF don't oppose the reconciliation with the FPM, noting that he is only a mediator tasked by the party chief, Samir Geagea, to follow up the matter.

Riachi said in remarks to OTV channel that “polls indicate that there is almost a unanimity over dialogue” on dialogue between the two rival Christian parties, expressing hope that positive results would surface soon.

On Thursday, Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan held talks with Geagea at his residence in Maarab in presence of Riachi.

Kanaan said after the meeting: “The declaration is almost complete.”

Media reports said that the declaration of the document will be crowned with a meeting between Aoun and Geagea with the timing and venue of the talks to be decided later on.

Both Geagea and Aoun have announced their candidacies for the presidency. Their rivalry, in addition to other issues, have left Baabda Palace vacant since President Michel Suleiman's six-year tenure ended in May last year.

The dialogue between the two parties recently kicked off in an attempt to defuse tension and safeguard the country.

Riachi told OTV that “the reconciliation between the FPM and LF is progressing at an average pace.”

“We consider that Iran doesn't want the election of a new head of state in Lebanon at the meantime,” he concluded.

Source: Agence France Presse

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