File - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, left, meets with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut, June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Hezbollah press office
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's fiery speech on new rules of engagement with Israel is likely to cast a pall of gloom over a fresh round of talks between the Future Movement and the resistance party set for Tuesday, Future officials said Monday.Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, one of three Future officials representing the movement in the dialogue with Hezbollah, said Tuesday's meeting, the fifth round of talks between the two rival and influential parties, would be difficult following Nasrallah's speech.Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, head of the parliamentary Future bloc, and a number of Future and March 14 politicians have slammed Nasrallah's defiant speech in which he announced that his group from now on would not recognize the rules of engagement with Israel, raising fears over the fate of U.N. Resolution 1701 that ended the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006 . Girault did not speak to reporters upon his arrival to Beirut Monday night. His visit is part of a French initiative aimed at ending the political impasse that has left Lebanon without a president for over eight months.
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