Free Patriotic Movement head Gebran Bassil and Lebanese Forces caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi meet on July 3, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Twitter)
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The Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces Tuesday agreed to defuse tensions and halt media campaigns against each other in the hope of reaching an agreement between the two main Christian parties on the community's representation in the new government, political sources said.The announcement on the FPM-LF truce, following weeks of frictions and exchange of recriminations that culminated with a bitter struggle over the Christian representation in the new government, was made by caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi after an ice-breaking meeting with FPM leader and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.Aoun and Bassil were reported to be insisting on naming Arslan as a minister.Riachi, one of three LF ministers in Hariri's caretaker Cabinet, was delegated by LF leader Samir Geagea to meet with Bassil. He said his meeting with Bassil was preceded by a phone call between Geagea and the FPM leader. Riachi said he did not discuss with Bassil the number of ministerial portfolios to be assigned to the LF in the new government.The LF's request has been rejected by Aoun and Bassil.
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