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Despite caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi describing his Wednesday meeting with President Michel Aoun as "very positive," a breakthrough in the conflict between Lebanon's main Christian parties will be very difficult to achieve, political sources have said.Following the meeting between Aoun, who founded the FPM, and Riachi, who was sent by LF head Samir Geagea to represent the party, news spread that an agreement was reached to grant the LF a sovereign ministry – the Defense, Interior, Finance, Foreign ministries – among its share of ministerial seats, if Aoun gets to choose the deputy prime minister. The deputy premiership has been a major point of contention between the parties, as the LF wants to retain control of it while Aoun says it's his right to choose the minister.Sources said if Aoun stands firm in his decision to choose the deputy prime minister and refuses to grant it to the LF, the party will be compensated by being offered five ministerial seats – including two service ministries – in the 30-member Cabinet.
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