The Hezbollah militant group and the Future Movement stressed onMonday their “firm support” for the Lebanese army in its fight against terrorist groups, following deadly weekend clashes against islamist militants in Ras Baalbek’s outskirts, according to a joint statement issued after their fourth dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh
“Bothe parties underlined their firm stance on supporting the army and security forces through all means in their efforts to confront terrorism and protect Lebanon,” the statemnet said
In their statement, the two parties also hailed “the dialogue’s positive progress and the impact it has left on the public opinion.”
They also agreed to take “some practical steps that can boost the atmosphere of stability.”
Dialogue between the two rivals had kicked off on December 23, 2014.
Following the third session on January 16, the conferees declared that they had made “clear progress” that might lead to results that can help “consolidate national stability.”
The army fought fierce battles against extremist militants on Syria’s border on Friday and Saturday, in which nine soldiers were killed and more than 20 wounded.
Dozens of gunmen were also killed or wounded in the clashes that erupted in the outskirts of the Bekaa border region of Ras Baalbek.
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