The Future bloc’s weekly statement omitted any reference to Hezbollah. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Senior officials from the Future Movement and Hezbollah will hold a new round of talks Wednesday despite soaring tensions between Arab Gulf states and Hezbollah that had threatened to unravel the dialogue aimed at defusing Sunni-Shiite tensions stoked by the 5-year-old war in Syria.Following the outbreak last month of a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia that has soured Lebanon's ties with Gulf states, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, one of three senior Future officials attending the talks with Hezbollah, called last month for the suspension of the dialogue.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed Hezbollah for Lebanon's deteriorating ties with Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states as a result of the party's involvement in the war in Syria and its interference in the affairs of Gulf states. Hariri, however, said the Future Movement would continue its dialogue with Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia said Sunday it would punish anyone who belongs to Hezbollah, sympathizes with it, finances it or harbors its members.
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