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Geagea: Hariri’s return
will bring big changes

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. (AFP PHOTO)

BEIRUT – Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed that the return of Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri to Lebanon could augur big changes for the country.


“We are at the doorstep of a new phase and nobody can assume that [Hariri’s] return will not change anything; on the contrary, I believe that his return will bring a big change,” Geagea told Future television on Friday.


Geagea also said that “work within March 14 will be reactivated upon [Hariri’s] return to Lebanon,” and stressed that his return is a “reinforcement of the role of moderation.”


Hariri made a surprise return to Lebanon on Friday from Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, where days before he gave a press conference touting the new $1 billion grant from Riyadh to Lebanon’s army to fight Islamists.


Upon his arrival in Lebanon’s capital, Hariri traveled to his father’s tomb in Downtown Beirut, after which he headed to the Grand Serail, where he met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.


During their hour-long meeting, the two leaders discussed the latest security developments in Arsal, where Syrian militants launched a four day-assault which left at least 15 Lebanese soldiers dead, before withdrawing with hostages on Thursday.


Hariri, who is acting as the point man on the Saudi military grant, agreed with Salam to complete discussions of executive procedures regarding the aid within the necessary legal framework.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. (AFP PHOTO)

Work within March 14 will be reactivated upon [Hariri’s] return to Lebanon.