BEIRUT: A delegation from the Amal Movement met with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun Wednesday to hand him an invitation for the annual rally planned by the group to commemorate the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr.
The delegation was headed by MP Ali Bazzi from Speaker Nabih Berri’s parliamentary Development and Liberation bloc.
However, the meeting at Aoun’s residence in Rabieh, north of Beirut, did not touch on strained ties between Amal and the FPM.
“The meeting was confined only to handing an invitation to General Aoun for the Amal rally,” MP Ali Khreis from Berri’s bloc told The Daily Star.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bazzi said the visit to Rabieh was part of visits made by Amal officials to political leaders to hand out invitations for the rally planned by Amal in the southern town of Nabatieh on Aug. 31 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sadr’s disappearance.
Asked if he had conveyed any letter from Berri to Aoun, he said: “I don’t think the two sides need letters through intermediaries. There is a mutual respect. Speaker Nabih Berri is keen and so is Gen. Michel Aoun on this respect and appreciation. There is a common ground between the two sides.”
Ties between the FPM and the Amal Movement have recently been strained over political disputes, mainly Aoun’s objection to the June extension of Parliament’s mandate as well as other controversial issues.
The Amal Movement, founded by Sadr, holds a yearly commemoration of the Shiite imam who disappeared along with two of his companions during a visit to Libya in 1978.