LF leader Samir Geagea attends Good Friday mass in Bkirki, Friday, April 3, 2015. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Rival Lebanese politicians offered mixed reactions Friday to a framework nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers, with Hezbollah praising the deal as a "victory" for the Islamic Republic, and the Future Movement hoping it would restrain Tehran's "imperialist tendencies".Like the Future Movement-led March 14 coalition, Houri blamed Iran for the 10-month-old presidential deadlock by preventing the election of a new president through its allies, Hezbollah and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.Hezbollah MP Nawar Sahli praised the nuclear agreement as a "victory" for the Islamic Republic of Iran."We hope the agreement will have positive repercussions on security and stability in the region, even though Iran had said the nuclear issue was separate from regional conflicts".He said the agreement would not have any impact on the presidential crisis, rejecting March 14 charges that Iran was blocking the election of a president. Saudi Arabia, which is locked in a region-wide struggle for power with Iran, is worried that by easing Western sanctions on Tehran, the Islamic Republic would have greater scope to support proxies that Riyadh opposes across the Middle East.For his part, Machnouk downplayed the importance of the nuclear deal, but warned that the lifting of sanctions that have been hitting Iran's economy hard would encourage Tehran to expand its intervention in the region. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said the nuclear agreement would not have any impact on the presidential election.
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