The Democratic Gathering bloc which is headed by MP Walid Jumblatt did not attend the March 14 gathering at Bristol Hotel on Sunday .

In a statement the bloc said after its own meeting which was chaired by Jumblatt that it is determined to “stay out of political alignments and past divisions.”

February 14 , the date that will mark the 5th anniversary of the assassination of of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is a different story according to the statement .

“February 14 is an opportunity to express both loyalty to Hariri and commitment to reconciliation and national agreement”

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