Berri addresses Amal movement supporters during a ceremony held in the southern town of Nabatieh, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Sunday launched a call for dialogue bringing together Prime Minister Tammam Salam and heads of parliamentary blocs in a bid to end the presidential deadlock and address other aspects of the political crisis.Berri made his remarks in Nabatieh, addressing thousands of Amal supporters who gathered to mark the 37th anniversary of the disappearance of Amal founder and influential Lebanese figure Imam Musa al-Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.Hariri said that the Future Movement would respond positively to Berri's call for the all-inclusive talks. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, from the PSP, said Berri's initiative represented "a glimmer of hope to resolve disputes".He said that during a meeting, Jumblatt had informed Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, a political aide to Berri, of his full support for Berri's initiative. Speaking to a local television station, Nicholas said that the planned dialogue would be successful if the March 14 coalition intended to address the items specified by Berri.For his part, Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi, from the Kataeb Party, said that his group's final stance on Berri's call for dialogue would be announced after the weekly meeting of the Kataeb politburo Monday. A number of "important steps" are also being coordinated between Sadr's family and a follow-up committee formed by Lebanon, Berri said.
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