Abou Faour Denies PSP Not at Ease with FPM-Mustaqbal Rapprochement

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Health Minister Wael Abou Faour has denied that the Progressive Socialist Party was not comfortable with the rapprochement between Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and al-Mustaqbal movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri.

“We don't have any problem with the rapprochement between Aoun and Hariri. This issue is absolutely not linked to us,” the minister told As Safir newspaper published on Wednesday.

“The choice of rapprochement between the political parties is a priority for us. We have sought for it and paid a high price because of it,” said Abou Faour who is a member of MP Walid Jumblat's PSP.

But the dialogue between the FPM and al-Mustaqbal should be coupled with talks between Speaker Nabih Berri, Hizbullah and Hariri's movement so that it becomes beneficial for the country, he said.

“Direct dialogue between the Shiite parties – Amal and Hizbullah – and al-Mustaqbal is essential because the division is among Sunnis and Shiites,” Abou Faour added.

The minister told As Safir that the PSP's priority was to elect a new president after the top Christian post at Baabda Palace was vacated following the end of Michel Suleiman's six-year term on May 25.

“But as long as the page on the four major candidates hasn't been turned, there is no way to agree on a compromise” figure, he said.

Abou Faour said that only “technical reasons” have prevented a meeting between Jumblat and Hariri lately.

The PSP and Hariri “have always had friendly ties despite our differences,” he added.



Comments 4
Thumb popeye 04 June 2014, 10:19

Sure we believe you. Any such rapprochement will eliminate your inflated role in lebanese politics. I hope it somehow happens..

Default-user-icon HaMoGh (Guest) 04 June 2014, 11:00

Sad to see people accusing the Druze of having an inflated role in Lebanon's politics, when in fact the idea of a Lebanese nation way before the one we have now was promoted by the Druze and one in particular, named Fakhreddine.

Thumb cedre 04 June 2014, 15:12

+1, same in syria, druze central to arab nationalism and fight against french occupation...

I'd rather have mustaqbal closer to psp than to fpm...

Missing madhatter 04 June 2014, 16:26

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