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Berri mulls chairing Dialogue session: report

File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri arrives at the presidential palace in Baabda, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri is considering calling for a National Dialogue session to find a breakthrough out of Lebanon’s current political crisis, pan-Arab Al-Hayat said in a report published Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted parliamentary sources as saying that “the complicated political situation associated with the presidential vacuum, led the speaker to examine the possibility to call for a National Dialogue.”

The session would be presided by Berri, the sources said.

National Dialogue sessions in the past few years had been chaired by former President Michel Sleiman, mainly to discuss a national defense strategy for the country. But National Dialogue was first launched by Berri in March 2006.

The latest session was held on May 5, weeks before Sleiman’s departure. However, it was boycotted by Hezbollah over the former president’s criticism of the group’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

The Dialogue committee issued recommendations after the session, stressing the need to continue the all-party talks to resolve the country’s political stalemate and agree on a national defense strategy.





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