President Michel Sleiman heads the National Dialogue meeting in Baabda, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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President Michel Sleiman is expected to resume the National Dialogue at the end of month in order to continue discussions on the national defense strategy, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said Tuesday.A source close to Sleiman said the president would schedule a date for the Dialogue committee after Parliament discusses the policy statement this week.The last Dialogue session was held on Nov. 12, 2012 when Sleiman proposed a national defense strategy that would allow Hezbollah to keep its arms but place them under the command of the Lebanese Army, which would have exclusive authority to use force.Sleiman said the government's policy statement was in line with the president's inaugural address, the Baabda Declaration and the defense strategy.
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