June 2, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON)The exceptional meeting held in Rabieh between the Change and Reform bloc Head, MP Michel Aoun, and the leader of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea, in the presence of the bloc’s secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan and head of the LF Media and Communication department Melhem Riachy was concluded a while ago with a Declaration of Intent between the movement and the party.
The Declaration stressed the need to elect “a strong president who is acceptable in his own environment and, at the same time, able to reassure other environments.”
Inside the declaration a call to adopt dialogue and resort to constructive political speech emanating from a rooted faith in Lebanon.
The document also stressed the “promotion of state institutions and the support of the Army and other legitimate security forces with a view to extending State authority all over the Lebanese territory.”
Kanaan underlined the importance of controlling the situation on the border between Lebanon and Syria, and urged not to use Lebanon as a point for the smuggling of arms and militants.
Respecting international resolutions, resolving the issue of the displaced Syrians and approving a new election law were also key points on the FPM-LF Declaration of Intent.
Geagea delivered a statement following the meeting, whereby he said this one-on-one should have happened a long time ago.
“I am delighted to be in Rabieh. I am here for one main reason, the confluence of two major political powers, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement. These two powers, if gathered, could be of major positive influence on Lebanon,” Geagea asserted.
“Our meeting today is the beginning of dialogue. The past months have been a prelude for this meeting. Today we stand at a starting point, and our work will begin as of this moment. We promise to do everything in our capacity to make of this attempt a success. Any topic that could somehow form a divergence cause would be put aside, and other issues would be tackled instead.”
Geagea went on to say “We agreed on the need for a new electoral law and a law for the restoration of citizenship at the top of any legislative session’s agenda. We do not oppose the initiative put forward by General Aoun provided that the poll would be under the roof of the Constitution.”
For his part, General Aoun described Geagea’s visit as a surprise, uttering his commitment to the announcement of intent.
“Today’s meeting was positive; it is a gift for Christians who are worried about the situation in Lebanon.”
“The Christian circles are relieved, and you will witness further ease in the coming days. Decisions are in our hands, not in the hands of any other party,” Aoun confirmed.
SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY- LEBANON