Speaker Nabih Berri chairs the 13th dialogue session at his residence in Ain el-Tineh, Monday, January 11, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rival Lebanese leaders Monday expressed "comfort" with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's position at the Arab foreign ministers meeting one day earlier, Hezbollah MP Ali Fayyad told reporters after a dialogue session.Bassil's refusal to agree to a statement drafted at the Cairo meeting of Arab ministers over its declaration of Hezbollah as a terrorist group had drawn some controversy, angering Future Movement Saad Hariri who said Monday that his position was not representative of the country. But comments by those who attended the 13th dialogue session at Speaker Nabih Berri's residence suggested there was consensus among the rivals over Bassil's comments in Cairo and decision not to sign the joint Arab League statement. On Sunday, Bassil said he had asked for the "terrorist" classification of Hezbollah to be removed from the final statement, and pledged to dissociate Lebanon from regional affairs.
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