FPM leader Michel Aoun, right, receives Minister Nouhad Machnouk in Rabieh, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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The next round of talks between the Future Movement and Hezbollah will address the issue of the presidential election, Future MPs said Wednesday, as ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri underlined the importance of talks among rival factions.However, Speaker Nabih Berri expressed hope that the launching of dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement last month would help facilitate the election of a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year tenure ended on May 25 .Berri, according to the MPs, hoped the Future-Hezbollah talks would make "more achievements and steps at all levels, at the forefront of which is the presidential election issue".For his part, Hariri, in a message to Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, underscored the need for the feuding parties to engage in dialogue, in a clear allusion to the talks between his Future Movement and Hezbollah and attempts to arrange a meeting between Aoun and his arch Christian rival, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea. Future MP Samir Jisr said the third dialogue session with Hezbollah would discuss the presidential election.Future MP Atef Majdalani said the talks with Hezbollah would continue until sectarian tensions were reduced and a president was elected.
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