President Michel Aoun’s call for a “national dialogue” is fading given the lack of participants and negative attitudes toward it, which appeared to extend beyond the opposition parties, including President Saad Hariri, the head of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt, and the head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea, but also included some of the “strategic” allies in the line of resistance who fired a bulled at him because of his contradictory positions taken.
The head of the Marada Movement, Sleiman Franjieh, did not hesitate to express his refusal to participate in the negotiations, considering that dialogue between one group is of no use. The Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri and the Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, clearly stressed that the participation of each of them in the dialogue table, if it is held, is based on the presidential and not personal position, i.e. reluctantly and not from conviction.
As for Gebran Bassil, who is trying to save himself, he is insisting on holding the national dialogue table with those who attended, provided that the political parties bear the responsibility for not attending.
It seems that the president has been involved in a dialogue call that is out of time and place… to add to the list of illusory achievements that crowned this covenant.