President Michel Sleiman arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Friday, May 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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President Michel Sleiman Saturday, nearing the end of his six-year term, called once again on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria and commit to the Baabda Declaration, saying cooperation between the president and the resistance group was needed, but within certain limits.During one of several National Dialogue sessions Sleiman chaired in the past two years, the president proposed in 2012 a national defense strategy aimed at incorporating Hezbollah's arms into the military.Ties between Hezbollah and Sleiman deteriorated quickly after the president's repeated criticism of the party's involvement in the Syrian crisis.Sleiman also spoke about the Baabda Declaration, a document many say is one of the president's primary accomplishes since he was elected in 2008 .
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