File - Speaker Nabih Berri speaks at his Ain al-Tineh residence in Beirut on Saturday, August 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday underlined the importance of his national dialogue initiative, saying it could be the last chance to resolve a protracted political crisis that has left the country without a president for 15 months, paralyzed Parliament legislation and crippled the government's work.Berri stressed that dialogue among the rival political factions has become an "urgent need at various levels" in light of the challenges facing the country.Berri called Tuesday for the first round of national dialogue to be held on Sept. 9 . Leaders from across the political divide have so far welcomed Berri's call for an all-inclusive dialogue. Except for the Lebanese Forces, all the political parties have welcomed Berri's dialogue call, saying they will attend. LF MP George Adwan said his party would decide on its participation in the dialogue within the next 48 hours. Adwan noted that the LF did not attend dialogue sessions on a national defense strategy chaired by former President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace.
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