BEIRUT — Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday evening hosted the leaders of the Free Patriotic Movement and Marada Movement, Gebran Bassil and Sleiman Frangieh, political rivals of each other but both close to Hezbollah.
Here’s what we know:
• In a terse statement, Hezbollah said that its leader held an Iftar fast-breaking meal with Bassil and Frangieh, along with other figures. Bassil and Frangieh are potential rivals for the presidency in the vote slated for October 2022 to succeed Michel Aoun, Bassil’s father-in-law.
• During the Iftar meal, the attendees discussed the political situation in Lebanon and the region, the Hezbollah statement added, without going further into details.
• Later Saturday, Frangieh told a group of Marada Movement teachers that his meeting with Bassil and Nasrallah was “independent of any electoral alliance.”
• “There was talk of opening a new page and the possibility of following up the meeting [at the Iftar dinner Friday] with coordination sessions,” he added, according to the state-run National News Agency.