Two Christian leaders in Lebanon turn the page on deadly discord

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Maronite leaders sign a document to ‘move on towards new horizons in their relations at the human, social, political and national levels’
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Cardinal Bechara Rai with Sleimane Frangié, leader of the Marada Brigade, and Samir Geagea, former member of the Christian Phalange militia, on Nov. 14. (Photo by Aldo Ayoub/Handout via REUTERS)

Under the glare of national TV cameras, two former “enemy brothers,” heads of Maronite factions in Northern Lebanon that fought each other bitterly during their country’s civil war, shared a historic handshake on Nov. 14.

Sleimane Frangié, head of the Marada Brigade – formerly a militia group, now a political party – and Samir Geagea, formerly of the Christian Phalange militia – a former nationalist militia – reconciled after decades of deadly enmity.