Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference following talks with his German counterpart at the foreign ministry in Berlin May 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – During a speech at Saint Michael’s Church (Mar Mikhael) on Tuesday, the Free Patriotic Movement chief and Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, said that announced Tuesday that “had it not been for Hezbollah, General Aoun would not have become president.”

Bassil then stated that had it not been for his political party, Hezbollah would not be as powerful as they are now.

“And Hezbollah must admit that had it not been for the Free Patriotic Movement, it would not have managed to persevere in the face of Israel, terrorism or the isolation attempts,” he continued.

In reference to the 13-year agreement between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement, Bassil said that “this agreement was not aimed at isolating anyone. It rather paved the way for national agreements with everyone and there are articles related to sovereignty that have been fulfilled as others remain pending.”

“Partnership with Hezbollah protects national unity and the country and it is important. That’s why we always return to it,” he added.

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