Rahi hosts Riachy and Kanaan, holds onto LF-FPM reconciliation

Thu 12 Jul 2018 at 17:09 Politics

NNA - Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi hosted in Diman on Thursday a meeting for Caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachy and MP Ibrahim Kanaan, the godfathers of the inter-Christian reconciliation between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces.

During the three-hour talks, Rahi called both sides to hold onto this "historic" entente, highlighting the necessity not to turn political disagreement into a dispute.

The prelate also exhorted the two parties to cease tense rhetoric, as well as to carry on joint efforts for a lasting political relationship.

He did not fail to call for speeding up the government formation, warning of delay.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Riachy maintained LF leader Samir Geagea's keenness on clinching the agreement with the FPM.

"The reconciliation will persist; what is happening is a disagreement that cannot turn into a dispute on ground," he stressed.

"We received many calls refusing the fall of the strategic agreement," he added.

For his part, Kanaan underlined that the reconciliation between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces was sacred.

"The reconciliation is sacred," he said, "but," he continued, "this doesn't mean that we have become one same party."


=======Rabab Housseiny

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