President Michel Sleiman, right, heads a National Dialogue session in Baabda, Monday, May 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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President Michel Sleiman's final National Dialogue session concluded Monday with participants emphasizing the need to continue studying the national defense strategy put forward by the president.The meeting was devoted to evaluating the outcome of previous Dialogue sessions over recent years, with participants lauding the Dialogue for distancing Lebanon from the repercussions of the 2008 Israeli war on Gaza.Sleiman said that the time was not convenient to discuss the country's national defense strategy. Absent were Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geaga, Marada Movement Chief Suleiman Frangieh, Syrian Social Nationalist Party MP Asaad Hardan and Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan.The session was deemed a 'farewell' session for Sleiman, whose mandate ends on May 25 .
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