BEIRUT: Hezbollah denied Monday that it had any political differences with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun over local and regional developments, including Syria.
Ghaleb Abu Zeinab and Mahmoud Qomati, members of Hezbollah’s political council, met Aoun at his residence in Rabieh, north of Beirut, to discuss the deadly car bombing that struck Beirut’s southern suburb of Ruwaiss last week and the four-month-long Cabinet stalemate.
“Our vision and the general’s [Aoun’s] vision are the same concerning developments in the local and regional arenas,” Abu Zeinab told reporters after the meeting. “As we were in all stages, we have a common strategic vision in Lebanon.”
His remarks came a day after Aoun said Hezbollah and the FPM remained at odds over a number of local and regional matters, including Syria.
“There are differences [with Hezbollah] over a number of issues, mainly over establishing the state, democracy, settling the situation of south Lebanon, the Palestinian cause and Syria,” Aoun told the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper.
Aoun, who has previously defended Hezbollah’s role in Syria, said his FPM opposed any military intervention in foreign states.
Referring to last week’s car bombing in the neighborhood of Ruwaiss, south of Beirut, that killed 30 people and wounded more than 300 others, Abu Zeinab said: “Any terrorism cannot affect the Lebanese or change the situation in Lebanon.”
“We all believe that this country is a homeland for everyone and we must safeguard it and cooperate together for the sake of this,” the Hezbollah official said, adding: “Neither the takfiri assault that hit the Lebanese recently in the Ruwaiss area, nor other attacks can undermine Lebanon’s unity.”
He reiterated Hezbollah’s demand for the formation of a national unity Cabinet comprising all political parties.
“Our salvation in this stage is through unity and working together through the formation of a national unity government in which all [parties] participate,” Abu Zeinab said.