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Sleiman urges speedy dialogue, Siniora disagrees

From Prime Minister Fouad Siniora arrives to attend the funeral procession of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and his driver in front of Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)

BAABDA: Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was at odds with President Michel Sleiman Tuesday after he urged for a speedy resumption of all-party talks, the National News Agency reported.

The state-run NNA said Sleiman suggested during a meeting with Siniora Tuesday bringing forward the dialogue date in the wake of the assassination of Lebanon’s top intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

Siniora, however, disagreed, the NNA said, and informed Sleiman that such a decision would have to be made after consultations with the March 14 coalition. March 14 normally meets every Wednesday.

The Future parliamentary bloc leader vowed Sunday not to return to the dialogue table before Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned.

"No talks before the departure of this government, no dialogue on the blood of the martyr's," Siniora vowed in his speech during Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan’s funeral procession.

Sleiman’s recommendation for early talks will also top the agenda of a meeting of the Future Movement later Tuesday.

Sleiman set Nov. 12 for a new round of National Dialogue, and since the death of Hasan has urged speedy resumption of dialogue, after sources earlier told The Daily Star that he would likely postpone the talks until after Nov. 22 as Siniora was said to have scheduled a visit to the United States.





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