MP Sami Gemayel speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, June 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Newly elected Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel said Monday that his party's dialogue with Hezbollah was indispensable, despite the myriad differences between them, and revealed that Muslims were joining his group.Gemayel questioned the legitimacy of Hezbollah's claim that it is defending the Lebanese from extremist militants, an argument the party uses to justify fighting alongside the Syrian regime.Gemayel said that the Lebanese Army was fully capable of defending the Lebanese border from ISIS and Nusra Front militants, and that it enjoys unanimous support in carrying out this mission.Gemayel, 34, was elected on June 14 as the new leader of the Kataeb Party, founded in 1936 .While announcing his electoral program, Gemayel invited Muslims to join the party, which was considered to be the strongest Christian party for several decades, particularly during Lebanon's Civil War, which lasted from 1975 until 1990 .The overture appears to have been sincere – Gemayel said Muslims have already begun joining the Kataeb.Gemayel is the seventh leader of the Kataeb Party, succeeding his father, former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel.
U.S. delivery of aircraft to LAF on track: Jones
Frangieh unyielding on presidency
Gemayel throws down gauntlet to FPM
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE