Hariri urges his party leaders to ‘avoid escalation’ of tension with LF


hariri geagea maarabKuwaiti daily al-Seyassah reported on Sunday that  The Future Movement is trying  avert any further  deterioration of ties with the Lebanese Forces.

The daily reported that the  Movement’s leader former PM Saad Hariri urged his party officials against “escalating” tensions with the LF.

He issued a memo urging calm “in order to preserve the unity of the March 14 coalition.”

He demanded that disputes with the LF shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.”

Circles close to Hariri told al-Seyassah that there are no differences between theFuture  Movement and LF over “the strategy of the Cedar Revolution”, revealing that contacts are underway to calm tensions between the two sides.

LF chief Samir Geagea had issued a similar warning to his supporters earlier this year amid tensions between the Future Movement  and LF over the presidential elections.

The Movement will soon hold an expanded meeting of its leaders to assess the recent municipal polls, most notably the results in the northern city of Tripoli, the circles told al-Seyassah.

This comes after resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi on Friday urged   Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader  Samir Geagea to mend ties between them and withdraw support for the presidential bids of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh.

Describing Geagea as a “permanent strategic ally in the Christian arena alongside other allies,” the resigned minister criticized Hariri for “replacing this alliance with  Franjieh.”

Relations were strained between Hariri and Geagea after the former PM proposed the nomination of Franjieh for the presidency. The Harir’s  move prompted Geagea to endorse the nomination of his long-time Christian rival Aoun.

Rift’s remarks came days after a list he backed achieved a stunning victory in the Tripoli’s municipal polls over last  Sunday despite the fact that the rival list  was backed by all the top northern  politicians including Hariri, ex-PM Najib Miqati, former ministers Mohammed Safadi and Faisal Karami, Jamaa Islamiya, al-Ahbash and the Arab Democratic Party.