Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session of the national dialogue at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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The National Dialogue session in Downtown Beirut was postponed to next week after three hours of crunch talks ended with no major resolutions.Berri, who called for the dialogue session, was the first to arrive at the Parliament, two hours ahead of the session, which was set to kick off at 12:00 p.m.Only Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea boycotted the session, deeming it "useless". The session was attended by: head of the Development and Liberation Parliamentary bloc, Speaker Nabih Berri, accompanied by Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, accompanied by Minister Rashid Derbas, former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, accompanied by MP Ahmad Karami, head of the Future Movement bloc Fouad Siniora, accompanied by MP Atef Majdalani, FPM leader Aoun and head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, accompanied by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Deputy Parliament Speaker Farid Makari, accompanied by MP Robert Fadel, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by MP Ghazi Aridi, Former deputy premier MP Michel Murr, Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel, accompanied by MP Eli Marouni, Hezbollah's Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc MP Mohammad Raad, accompanied by MP Ali Fayyad, Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh, accompanied by former Minister Youssef Saadeh, Tashnag leader MP Hagop Pakradounian, accompanied by Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian, Telecommunications Minister Harb, accompanied by MP Jawad Boulos, Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan, accompanied by Hassan Hmadah, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaoun, accompanied by Elias Abu Hala, and The Syrian Social Nationalist Party MP Asaad Hardan, accompanied by former minister Ali Kanso.
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