Al Akhbar newspaper which is closely associated with Hezbollah reported that the talks covered Franjieh’s meeting with MP Michel Aoun and his discussions with the March 14 alliance , particularly former PM Saad Hariri and PSP chief MP Walid Jumblatt. ”
Franjieh reiterated his commitment to protect the integrity of the March 8 alliance , and declared not to abandon support for Aoun as a candidate for the Presidency.” but he asked : “For how long will continue in this position? “.
Frangieh told Nasrallah “I see an opportunity for us and our team, through the adoption of my candidacy by the the other team, which does not want to vote for Aoun, so for how long we’ll wait, and what is the time limit, and what’s the plan?”.
Franjieh declared that no political commitment was made to the other team, and that accepting his nomination for the Presidency does not carry any obligations on his part .
Nasrallah praised Frangieh by telling him: “We never thought of you like we think of others . You have our full trust , you are a serious and reliable ally of ours and we have absolutely no concerns about your stance, you are an ally and a partner, and we prefer you in many ways to many others. but Nasrallah added
“We agreed to support the candidacy of Aoun, on the other hand you only have a verbal offer and Hariri has not officially announced your nomination and there are differences between him and his allies on the matter. We do not want to find ourselves in a blackmail situation
Frnajieh left the meeting with the feeling that Hezbollah will not abandon its support for Aoun as long as the other team does not officially declare its intention to nominate him as their presidential candidate .
In a related development Lebanese media reported that Hariri will be coming soon to Lebanon , will hold a meeting for his Future Movement bloc following which he will officially announce his support for the candidacy of the Marada chief.
Meanwhile Aoun reportedly is extremely concerned about Hariri’s offer for Franjieh and told his visitors :” If the offer succeeds I might as well pack up and leave the country”
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