Siniora: Only Hezbollah arms should be discussed in dialogue talks


Former PM and current Future bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora said in an interview published on Sunday that the national dialogue should “be limited to the issue of Hezbollah’s arms so that it will be purposeful and meaningful.”

Siniora told An-Nahar newspaper that “the dialogue must follow the schedule set by the 2006 national dialogue table; therefore no additional item should be included in the agenda .”

The former PM also voiced the importance of Arab League participation in the national dialogue, adding that Hezbollah should “show a clear will to participate in the government and set a date to implement all the issues that were agreed upon in the previous national dialogues.”

Siniora also said that his meeting with President Michel Suleiman on Saturday addressed many issues related to the dialogue and the elections.

“Personally, I focused on the state, its role and the challenges that are facing it.”

President Michel Suleiman has been calling for a new national dialogue session, while March 14 leaders have said they only want to attend a session that tackles the issue of non-state weapons.