File - Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani leaves after attending a press conference in Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A recent meeting between the son of Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani and an aide of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is unlikely to thaw ties between the Future Movement leader and the head of Dar al-Fatwa.The grand mufti and the Future Movement have been at odds for several years, as reflected in divisions within the Higher Islamic Council.Contrary to Qabbani's will, members of the council who are close to the Future Movement convened in late 2012 under former Minister Omar Miskawi, the body's deputy head, and extended the council's term until the end of 2013 . Miskawi said he had been informed about what was discussed during the talks between Hariri and Qabbani, leaked in media reports this week.Hariri said he would convey Qabbani's request to former Prime Minister Hariri.
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