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Future MP downplays significance of dialogue with FPM

Future Movement MP Ammar Houri. (Archive Photo/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Future MP Ammar Houri downplayed Tuesday the significance of his group’s recent openness to the Free Patriotic Movement.

“Dialogue with the Free Patriotic Movement does not mean stepping away from the constants of the Cedar Revolution and our allies in the March 14,” Houri told the Free Lebanon radio station.

The FPM and the Future Movement renewed contact recently ahead of Lebanon’s presidential election.

Earlier this month, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who heads the Future Movement, held five-hour talks with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

Media reports emerged of a deal that would see Aoun as a consensus president in return for Hariri becoming prime minister. However, Future officials dismissed such reports.

Houri also said that the March 14 coalition would remain consistent on a consensus presidential candidate between the coalition’s groups.

“The candidacy of [Lebanese Forces leader Samir] Geagea to the presidential election was reached with the consent of the March 14, and in the case we would nominate another candidate, it would also be with the consent of Geagea,” he said.

Lebanon will hold a fourth round to try to elect a new president Thursday, after three consecutive failures. Geagea was the first to announce his candidacy to the election.





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