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Aoun, Hariri, Nasrallah Lebanon's power 'trinity': FPM head

FPM leader MP Michel Aoun arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun said Wednesday that he along with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah form Lebanon's power 'trinity."

“[Former] Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and I should be the main pillars of Lebanon's trinity,” Aoun told Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station.

“And this trinity can never be disconnected,” he added.

Aoun has recently mended his ties with the Future Movement, dispatching his son-in-law, Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil, to hold talks with Hariri overthe presidential election.

Aoun is reportedly waiting for Hariri’s green light to announce his candidacy for the presidential seat but no positive signs have yet emerged in that regard.

Aoun, Hezbollah’s main Christian ally, also spoke on the occasion of Resistance and Liberation Day, which marks the 2000 withdrawal of the Israeli army from south Lebanon.

“The resistance is the right of every people whose land is occupied and it is their right to liberate it. Therefore, we cannot change our stance from the resistance,” he said.

He congratulated the Hezbollah chief on the occasion, wishing him “good health and the capability to carry the heavy burden.”

Aoun, a former Lebanese Army commander, also said that he and Nasrallah were cooperating to "restore normalcy to Lebanon."

In response to a question about the national defense strategy aimed at incorporating Hezbollah’s arms with the Lebanese Army, Aoun said that National Dialogue session did not discuss such a proposal.

“We did not discuss a national defense strategy during any of the Dialogue session but there were attendees discussing[the option of] disarming the resistance,” he said.

 

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