Hezbollah and PSP seal reconciliation in Ain el-Tineh

psp hezbollah berriHezbollah and the Progressive Socialist Party on Saturday sealed their political             reconciliation in Ain el-Tine, home  of Speaker Nabih Berry after months of tensions between the two groups amidst differences over local and regional political issues.

"We can talk today about a frank meeting and a reconciliation, and this meeting is in the interest of the country," confirmed Hussein Khalil, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah's political assistant in a joint briefing with Ghazi Aridi, former minister and adviser to 
PSP leader Walid Jumblatt. "We have agreed to manage our differences, which will benefit the stability of the country." Speaker  Berry decided to take charge of closing the ranks between Hezbollah and the PSP in order to deal with Important issues awaiting the country, and we   have charged him to put in place the bases of the solutions to all the problems "between the two parties , explained the Hezbollah  official. "The basics of solutions to all questions   have been defined, including political issues," said Hussein Khalil.
For his part, Ghazi Aridi asserted that the meeting was "positive, productive, frank and     friendly so that things could  get back to normal and we have agreed to settle the           contentious issues through dialogue". "We have a long history of working together with        Hezbollah, and we thank Speaker  Berry for his outstanding efforts, which have made progress in the past during  difficult periods  as well as   today, "added the former minister.
Hezbollah's Liaison and Coordination Unit Chief, Wafic Safa, and Minister of Industry and PSPMP  Waël Abou Faour also attended the meeting.

Nabih Berry, who heads the Shiite Amal Movement, is a close ally of Hezbollah, but also has  close ties to  Jumblatt. This meeting that sealed the reconciliation was preceded by another,on August 22 according to  Aridi.

PSP and Hezbollah diverge on many strategic issues, but it is  Jumblatt's stance on the Israeli-held Shebaa farms, claiming that they were not Lebanese, that provoked the ire of  Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, pushing for break-up of contacts between the two parties. 

At the time, the  Shiite party sources quoted by the al-Markaziya agency had stated that Walid Jumblatt had "crossed the red lines" by making this statement. These tensions had coincided with the decision of Abou Faour to cancel the construction of a cement plant due  pressure from residents - of a Ain Dara, in Mount Lebanon which is , owned by  Pierre Fattouche and relatives and allies of Syrian dictator  Bashar al Assad   

A few weeks later, the inter-clashes of Qabr Shmoun provoked an institutional crisis paralyzing the Government of PM Saad Hariri  to the point of reviving the old cleavages between March 8 (Iran-Syria camp) and March 14 (sovereignist camp). The crisis finally ended in favor of Jumblatt, after an official US intervention and another behind the scene Russian intervention. The epilogue took place during a reconciliation meeting in Baabda

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