Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during an interview with LBCI's Kalam an-Nas talk show, in Paris, on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (Photo: The Daily Star)
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The solution to ease tensions and help bring stability back to Lebanon is the election of a consensus candidate, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Thursday, adding that he was "serious" about holding dialogue with Hezbollah in the interest of Lebanon.Hariri had called for all Lebanese to rally around the Army, and urged moderation.Hariri said he had previously coordinated with March 8's presidential candidate, Michel Aoun, and criticized Hezbollah for snubbing March 14 candidate, Samir Geagea.Hariri said that although he supported dialogue, he would not back down over the party's intervention in Syria, renewing calls for Hezbollah to withdraw its forces.There will be major points of contention between the Future Movement leader and Hezbollah, Hariri said, blaming Hezbollah's intervention in Syria for the deterioration of Lebanon's security.He also said there would be disagreements over issue of Hezbollah's weapons, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which was set up to investigate the assassination of his father, former premier Rafik Hariri, in a 2005 bombing. Hariri said that there is no time frame for the dialogue yet, and that the two parties must set aside their differences in order to carry out talks for the benefit of the country.Former President Michel Sleiman tried to restart National Dialogue earlier this year, but the talks failed to bring Hezbollah back to the table, in part due to a dispute between the party and Sleiman over Hezbollah's arms and its involvement in Syria.
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