File - In 2006, Speaker Nabih Berri, Future leader Saad Hariri, and Nasrallah were able to share a laugh at a National Dialogue session. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hezbollah should facilitate the election of a new president if a long-awaited dialogue with the Future Movement is to get started, a Future lawmaker said Monday, pouring cold water on Speaker Nabih Berri's optimism that talks between the two rival parties would be held without preset conditions.Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said the Future Movement should take time to prepare for dialogue with Hezbollah.On whether Hezbollah is ready to facilitate the presidential vote as demanded by the Future Movement, the source told The Daily Star: "If intentions are good and the atmosphere is positive, Hezbollah is ready to discuss all divisive issues".The source said he did not feel that the Future Movement was setting preconditions for a dialogue with Hezbollah. Berri, who said he has been working with MP Walid Jumblatt to promote a dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement, was quoted by visitors Sunday as saying the planned dialogue would be held without preconditions. Hezbollah MP Kamel Rifai said a dialogue with the Future Movement would help defuse sectarian tensions.
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