Franjieh shakes hands with Geagea in Bkirki, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Rival Christian leaders Samir Geagea and Sleiman Frangieh Wednesday turned the page on a bloody 40-year-old Civil War feud in a reconciliation meeting held under the patronage of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.The meeting between Geagea, who heads the Lebanese Forces, and Frangieh, the leader of the Marada Movement, took place in Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite Church, in the presence of members of both parties. Frangieh's father and Geagea had been political rivals since the Civil War, as the Frangiehs are a close Syria ally while Geagea is an outspoken critic of Damascus.Frangieh survived as he had been spending the night at the home of his grandfather, former President Sleiman Frangieh.A joint statement from Geagea and Frangieh detailing the reconciliation was later read by a Maronite bishop.Nader was referencing a 2016 agreement between Geagea and then-presidential candidate Michel Aoun in Maarab, Geagea's hometown, that resulted in Geagea endorsing Aoun's candidacy and forfeiting his own presidential run.
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