Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, receives U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam Monday described the launch of dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah as "a major political development," voicing hope that talks between the two rival parties would lead to ending the 7-month-old presidential vacuum.Speaking to employees and security officers at the Grand Serail during an end-of-the-year reception, Salam reiterated his call to elect a new president, pinning hope on the Future-Hezbollah dialogue to make a breakthrough in the presidential impasse.The U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly also welcomed the Future-Hezbollah dialogue, voicing hope that it would help resolve outstanding problems and end the presidential void.Future MP Ammar Houri voiced hope that the dialogue with Hezbollah would lead to a breakthrough in the presidential election deadlock and defuse sectarian tensions.Future MP Atef Majdalani said what mattered in the talks with Hezbollah was for the two parties to agree on the two points put by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on the agenda of this dialogue: reducing Sunni-Shiite tensions and finding a mechanism to allow the election of a president.Hariri noted that the Future Movement was "positive" in its approach to holding talks with Hezbollah, given that dialogue serves national interests.
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