Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri receives Beirut Maronite Bishop Boulos Matar at his downtown Beirut residence on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO).
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Friday to use his talks with MP Michel Aoun and the ongoing dialogue between his Future Movement and Hezbollah to accelerate the election of a new president, calling it a top priority.Hariri also underlined that the election of a president was pivotal in Lebanon's battle against terrorism.The Cabinet did not hold its weekly session Thursday due to differences among its 24 members over a mechanism to govern its work and its decision-making during the presidential vacuum.Regarding his meeting with Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, Hariri stressed that the simple fact of holding this meeting was a positive development that came after more than a year of dialogue between the Future Movement and the FPM. Hariri hosted a dinner for Aoun.Aoun, the Hezbollah-backed presidential candidate, last year launched a dialogue with the Future Movement in order to enlist Hariri's support for his bid for the presidency.
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