LF leader Samir Geagea smells gardenia flowers offered by visiting Minister Nuhad Mashnouq in Maarab, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Prominent Future Movement figure Nouhad Machnouk presented Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea with a bouquet of flowers hand-picked from the Grand Serail garden during a visit Tuesday, an apparently literal attempt to woo the party's estranged ally.The gardenia flowers had been planted by Interior Minister Machnouk, an LF media spokesperson told The Daily Star.Machnouk talked with Geagea at his Maarab residence for approximately two hours in the presence of MP Strida Geagea. The Lebanese Forces refused to participate in the new government, creating tension with its ally the Future Movement, who failed to convince the Christian party to take part in a Cabinet with Hezbollah.
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