Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, receives his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Officials from the Future Movement and Hezbollah will sit face to face Tuesday, marking the start of a dialogue aimed at easing sectarian tensions in Lebanon and paving the way for the election of a president.Hezbollah backs Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun for the presidency, a candidate strongly opposed by the Future Movement and the rest of the March 14 parties, who support Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea's candidacy.Attending the talks will be Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, Berri's political aide.Larijani said that every regional power that believed in Lebanon should focus on addressing Israel and the rampant terrorism in the region, which, according to Larijani, were "two sides of the same coin".Larijani also held talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and met with a delegation of Palestinian factions.
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