Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, right, receives Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Beirut, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hezbollah media office, HO)
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Final touches are being put to the agenda of dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah which is expected to kick off before the end of the month, Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday, as officials from both sides said the talks were designed to prevent sectarian strife.A special envoy of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Beirut Sunday night for talks with Lebanese officials on the political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than six months.Berri's remarks come as preparations have been stepped up to launch the long-awaited dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement deemed essential for reducing Sunni-Shiite tensions and facilitating the election of a consensus president. Ahmad Hariri, secretary-general of the Future Movement, hoped that the talks would lead to a comprehensive national dialogue.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov wrapped up a two-day visit to Lebanon by meeting separately with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and MP Walid Jumblatt before he left Sunday for Turkey.
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