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Hezbollah calls ties with Aoun 'excellent'

Hussein Khalil, Hassan Nasrallah, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Ahmet Davutoglu

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official described ties between his party and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun as “excellent” and said Wednesday they both agree on the need to form a new Cabinet with a fair representation of political parties.

“Our viewpoints are largely similar to General Aoun's points, the ties between us are excellent and we are not upset with him over anything,” said Hezbollah official Hajj Hussein Khalil after a delegation of his group met with Aoun in Rabieh.

Recent political paralysis in the country has strained relations between many parties, but Khalil said Hezbollah and FPM have similar views and are working closely.

“We agree with General Aoun on the need to form a Cabinet in which political parties are represented in respect to their representation in Parliament, he said.

“We also agree on speeding up the Cabinet formation taking into consideration all the political forces in the country. Whoever wants to violate such rule is working in an unacceptable way,” Khalil said.

The Cabinet formation process has been stalled for nearly six months over conditions and counter conditions made by the country’s political rivals.

The March 14 coalition is calling for a neutral Cabinet in which political parties are excluded; Hezbollah insists on a government that joins all political groups.

Hussein said that both his group and the FPM are ready to engage in National Dialogue.

Earlier during the day, Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad also stressed Hezbollah’s unconditioned readiness to partake in dialogue.

“Hezbollah is ready to immediately engage in National Dialogue without any preset conditions,” Fayyad said.

The Hezbollah MP also urged all the political parties not to impose conditions for the new government’s lineup.

 

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