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Jumblatt and Aoun meet for the first time in months

Archive photo shows Aoun, left, welcoming Jumblatt, at his residence in Rabieh. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Walid Jumblatt and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun held talks at the latter’s residence in Rabieh Wednesday, the first such meeting in months, which the Progressive Socialist Party leader described as “frank.”

“My encounter with Gen. Aoun was cordial and frank,” Jumblatt said after the meeting, refraining to give more details.

A joint statement issued by the FPM and the PSP said the two leaders vowed "unequivocal and unconditional" support for the Lebanese Army in its fight against militant groups in northeast Lebanon.

The statement also highlighted the necessity to revive the work of constitutional institutions and fill voids immediately.

Jumblatt has recently renewed efforts to bring about a breakthrough in the stalled presidential election that has left Lebanon without a head of state for over two months.

Aoun is largely regarded as the undeclared presidential candidate for the Hezbollah-led March 8 camp. But his candidature is rejected by rivals in the March 14 coalition.

Opposing political groups have so far failed to agree on a compromise candidate to succeed former President Michel Sleiman, whose tenure expired on May 25.





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