Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri attends the second session of a national dialogue, in the Parliament, downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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National dialogue among rival political leaders will take a break next week because Speaker Nabih Berri is scheduled to leave on two official visits to Romania and Switzerland, the Central News Agency reported Wednesday.It said Berri's visit to Romania had been postponed two years ago, while his trip to Geneva is to attend the 31st conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Although the presidential crisis is the first and main topic on the dialogue agenda, Tuesday's session was dominated by a government plan to resolve the 2-month-lold trash crisis as well as the controversial issue of military promotions, viewed as essential for reactivating the stalled Parliament and government.During his three-day visit to Bucharest, Berri will meet with senior Romanian officials to consult on expanding bilateral relations, in addition to discussing developments in the region and Romania's stance on them, the agency said. Berri, according to the agency, will return to Beirut before Oct. 19, a day before Parliament begins its regular session during which he will chair a meeting to elect members of Parliament's Secretariat.
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