BEIRUT — Lebanon's most prominent anti-Syrian opposition leader said Sunday that Hezbollah should keep its weapons until Israel withdraws from a disputed border area.
The meeting between Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah was the first between the two prominent figures since last month's killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which set off massive protests against Syria's longtime military and intelligence presence in Lebanon. The encounter could signal a thaw in relations between the opposition and Syrian-backed Hezbollah.
"The arms issue is not proposed; it is not open to discussion at this stage," Jumblatt told reporters after meeting Nasrallah. "When our ambitions are met, in agreement with the resistance, over Shabaa Farms, then we will talk about arms."
Hezbollah has promised to keep fighting as long as Israel remains in the Shabaa Farms area, a tiny disputed enclave on the border of Lebanon, Israel and the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967.