Suleiman sets March 9 as kick off date for national dialogue


Lebanese President Michel Suleiman set Tuesday, March 9 as the resumption date of the national dialogue at the Presidential Palace in Baabda.

Suleiman said dialogue would focus on the national defense strategy but other items could be added to the agenda provided dialogue members agreed.

Suleiman said Defense Minister Elias Murr will also attend dialogue meetings, “given that he has to have a say in the defense strategy.”

Suleiman rejected criticism over the selection of dialogue committee membership. “I cannot satisfy all political figures in the country,” he said.

Earlier today President Suleiman met with Speaker Nabih Berri at the Presidential Palace in Baabda. They discussed the latest political developments, in addition to the national dialogue sessions. Berri left Baabda without making a statement.