Geagea and Bassil: No Turning Back in LF-FPM Relation


Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil stressed Tuesday that “there will be no turning back” in the LF-FPM relation, in remarks marking one year since Geagea endorsed the presidential bid of FPM founder Michel Aoun in a surprise move that largely contributed to Aoun’s election as president.

The agreement with the FPM has led to “tangible results, away from any narrow interests,” Geagea said in an interview with MTV.

Asked to “give a grade” to the current ties between the two parties’ popular bases, Geagea gave them 10/10.

“We were accused of nominating Iran’s candidate for the presidency, but that turned out to be incorrect after the president made his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” Geagea added.

And noting that the LF will coordinate with the FPM in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Geagea emphasized that “there will be no turning back” in the relation between the two parties.

Bassil also stressed that there will be no turning back in the FPM-LF ties.

He however noted that the latest rapprochement does not mean that the two parties have become one party.

“There is determination to preserve our agreement and unity is a reason for our strength,” Bassil added.

He also noted that the FPM might nominate Geagea for the presidency in the future.