BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun said Friday that his party’s alliance with Hezbollah had played a key role in keeping Lebanon safe and stable throughout the years.

“Lebanon has passed through pitfalls and harsh vicissitudes, and the trust built between the two sides of the agreement has protected [the country] from security shakeups,” Aoun told OTV Friday night.

His comments came on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the party’s memorandum of understanding with Hezbollah, which eventually turned into a strategic alliance and created a strong political camp with which to confront the March 14 bloc. Prior to the deal, Aoun was a vociferous critic of Hezbollah, an attitude that only changed when he returned from his self-imposed exile in May 2005.

The Hezbollah-FPM MOU was signed in 2006.“Anyone can join the agreement if they wish,” Aoun said, saying the MOU had become stronger and more solid in order to deal with the difficulties that the country had faced.

He described his alliance with Hezbollah as “a solidarity between two out of the three Lebanese groups,” referring to Lebanon’s Shiite, Sunni and Christian communities and implying that he represented the latter group.

 

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