From left, Ministers Elias Bou Saab, Alain Hakim and Sejaan Azzi attend a Cabinet session in Beirut, Friday, May 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Renewed fighting in Arsal and the crippling strike at EDL figured prominently in a six hour Cabinet session that convened Thursday morning.Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk had offered "a detailed overview of the security situation" and the threat of terrorist groups in Arsal. During the meeting, Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi spoke to Prime Minister Tammam Salam and the rest of the ministers via telephone about the latest clashes in Arsal.Joreige said the defense minister spoke on the security situation in Arsal and the needs of the Army, and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil spoke on the international assistance needed to protect the country and reinforce the Army's defense against terrorism.
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