Nasrallah makes a rare live appearance for an Ashoura ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star / Hasan Shaaban)
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Time has come for Hezbollah and the Future Movement to bury the hatchet and focus on moving Lebanon forward, Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah said Monday, offering his rivals rare praise.Sometimes we become enemies and rivals, but our religion teaches us that we must thank and praise those who regard the national good," Nasrallah told a roaring audience in a rare public appearance in Beirut's southern suburbs.He lauded the Future Movement and its leadership for helping bring an end to the deadly four-day clashes in Tripoli and other parts of the north last week that pitted the Army against Islamist militants.At least eight civilians, 11 soldiers and 23 militants were killed in the clashes, the worst bout of internal violence since the five-day battle with jihadists in Arsal three months ago.It is clear now the magnitude of what was being planned for Lebanon and the north," he said, thanking the residents of Tripoli and the north for their solidarity with the Army.He also publicly announced for the first time that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun is Hezbollah's presidential candidate.Nasrallah said it is time for the country to reclaim its right to choose a leader without the interference of regional powers, but insisted that neither Iran nor Syria are complicating the situation for Lebanon to elect a president.Nasrallah said that Iran's recent offer of military aid to Lebanon would benefit the Army, but added the decision to accept it or not was ultimately that of the government.
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