File - President Michel Sleiman heads the National Dialogue meeting in Baabda, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Sources close to the Presidential Palace in Baabda told The Daily Star Friday that President Michel Sleiman's formal invitations to political leaders and prominent figures for the upcoming National Dialogue session have been temporarily halted.The sources were unsure about whether an invitation would be extended to former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and former Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi, both of whom participated in previous National Dialogue sessions.Speaking to The Daily Star, Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said: "Instead of distributing invitations for the National Dialogue table ... it would be better if President Sleiman dedicated his effort ... to urge Speaker Nabih Berri and the other March 8 politicial parties to deal seriously with holding the presidential elections as scheduled".He said the LF would meet to discuss whether it would participate in National Dialogue once it received an invitation.
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