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Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan told former US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman on December 6, 2006 that FPM leader MP Michel Aoun is “the last person in Lebanon who wants to see Hezbollah’s militia keep its arms,” according to a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

According to the cable, Kanaan said he “understood US skepticism over the FPM’s relationship with Hezbollah, but declared that Aoun is the last person in Lebanon who wants to see Hezbollah’s militia keep its arms.”

The cable added that Kanaan “asked [the US] to remember where Aoun came from – as former commander of the LAF – and that he [Aoun] more than anyone wants to see the LAF regain its constitutional primacy as the nation’s sole protector and guarantor of sovereignty.”

Aoun formed an alliance with the Shiite militant group Hezbollah in February 2006 and became March 14’s fierce political rival after boycotting former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government that year.

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