Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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While criticizing politicians for turning the case of the abducted soldiers and policemen into a sectarian matter, Prime Minister Tammam Salam also warned media outlets that their competition for exclusive news was placing the lives of the captured troops in danger.The Nusra Front is said to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen out of the 29 security personnel held hostage by the militant groups.The militants have so far released eight security personnel -- five policemen and three soldiers.Angered by questions on the ongoing efforts to release the soldiers, Salam spoke about the fierce competition among journalists in Lebanon, saying such behavior negatively affected the ongoing negotiations. "They are defending Lebanon not a politician!" he stressed.The prime minister said he held talks with Berri about possible solutions to end the paralysis in the presidential election, hoping political leaders would elect a new president, which would pave the way for the parliamentary polls.
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