Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony in Beirut 's southern suburbs, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday extended an olive branch to the Future Movement, offering to cooperate with his Sunni rivals to shield Lebanon as it faces mounting security threats linked to regional turmoil.In rare praise of his rivals, Nasrallah said the national stances of the Future Movement as well as Sunni political and religious leaders during last month's fighting between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants in the northern city of Tripoli had spared Lebanon "a big disaster". Houri recalled that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri had launched an initiative three months ago for dialogue with the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance to break the political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than five months.Nasrallah 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 month that pitted the Army against militants inspired by ISIS and Nusra Front.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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