BEIRUT: A delegation from Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc met Monday with MPs Fouad Siniora and Michel Aoun separately to discuss the launch of all-party talks in a bid to end the current political deadlock.
The delegation from the Development and Liberation bloc met with Aoun, head of the Free Patriotic Movement, at his Rabieh residence.
MP Yassine Jaber said the former general welcomed the proposal.
"[Aoun] also said he would be the first one at the dialogue table and that he believed this to be the best way to resolve issues," Jaber told Annahar.
As for the delegation's meeting with Siniora, the head of the Future bloc, Jaber described the discussion as "honest, objective and positive."
Berri formed a delegation last week to explain his recent initiative to rival parties to find a way out the current political impasse, but the proposal came under fire from some Future Movement officials.
Last month, Berri proposed a five-day conclave of Dialogue sessions attended by March 8 and March 14 leaders in addition to Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to address divisive issues, including the makeup and policy statement of a new Cabinet, a national defense strategy, means to end Lebanese intervention in Syria and the new electoral law.
Berri argues that his initiative does not override the prerogative of the president and the PM-designate, whose task was to form a new Cabinet.
Salam, who was nominated in April, has failed to form a government, stymied by conditions and counter-conditions put forward by the March 8 and March 14 camps.