FPM leader Michel Aoun and LF leader Samir Geagea speak during a joint press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun announced Tuesday a thaw in the bitter rivalry that has plagued ties between the rival groups, following a rare meeting that saw the announcement of a highly-anticipated declaration of intent.The highly-anticipated meeting, Geagea said, is not the end of dialogue but the start of a new relationship between the two rival parties.Aoun also spoke briefly after the meeting, saying that Geagea's surprise visit crowned a phase that some people say has taken too long to reach.Both Aoun and Geagea are candidates, but neither has been able to garner enough parliamentary support to win.
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