Speaker Nabih Berri chats with MPs on his way to chair a dialogue session at Parliament in Beirut's Nejmeh Square, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rival politicians ended the first of a three-day marathon of national dialogue sessions Tuesday, meeting in the morning and again in the evening at Parliament, but failed to reach breakthroughs to the country's political crises.A separate, closed door meeting followed the end of the all-party talks, gathering Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Speaker Nabih Berri, Future Bloc head Fouad Siniora, Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan, Harb, and Tourism Minister Michel Pharaoun.Former FPM chief Michel Aoun and Kanaan left the first session that took place in the morning without making a statement less than an hour after the session got underway. A closed-door meeting preceded the morning session, which convened at 12:00 p.m., between Berri, Aoun and head of Hezbollah's Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc Mohammad Raad.
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