File - FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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The political and public interest in the recent meeting between Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is a reflection of how distant the two have been for years.The Western sources ruled out the possibility that Aoun and Hariri discussed the presidential polls.Sources said Aoun was very optimistic that Hariri would eventually decide to back his presidential bid, and suggested that the issue would become clearer in the coming weeks.The sources also said that even if Hariri eventually decided not to support Aoun in his presidential bid, the FPM leader would continue to pursue more open relations with all political powers in the country as he has recently been doing, and would not return to the discriminatory pattern he adopted in the past.The new positive atmosphere between the two was not likely to extend to Hariri providing support for Aoun's presidential bid, the sources said, unless the regional and international powers were receptive to the idea.
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