File- Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad arrives at the Parliament in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Hezbollah welcomed Sunday former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's announcement that he could join a government with his March 8 rivals but said the ministerial statement, divisive for some in the March 14 alliance, needed to be dealt with after the Cabinet was formed.Raad's stance on the ministerial statement, which mirrors that of Speaker Nabih Berri, contrasts with that of the Lebanese Forces which insists agreement be reached prior to the Cabinet formation.Geagea called for dropping the tripartite "The Army, the people and the Resistance" equation, present in previous ministerial statements, and adopting the Baabda Declaration – a pact that calls for distancing Lebanon from the Syria crisis.He also denied any rift in the March 14 coalition after Hariri voiced readiness to share power with Hezbollah in a national coalition Cabinet, describing the Future Movement leader's stance as a "good-will gesture". Hezbollah MP Nawaf Moussawi also welcomed Hariri's stance over the Cabinet formation.
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