Salam heads the ministerial committee at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Rival ministers tasked with drafting a policy statement plan to hold further talks next week in an attempt to reach a unified formula on the new Cabinet's political blueprint after failing during Friday's meeting to make a breakthrough on the thorny issue of the resistance.During the meeting of a seven-member ministerial committee assigned to draw up a policy statement, ministers from the March 8 and March 14 parties presented conflicting proposals on how to approach the issue of the resistance. Friday's was the third meeting by the committee, which includes ministers from the March 8 and March 14 camps and centrists, since Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced a 24-member Cabinet of "national interest" last week. Committee member Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish, who represents Hezbollah in the Cabinet, did not present his party's proposal on the resistance issue.In addition to Harb and Khalil's proposals, the committee also discussed a draft statement presented by Salam at the first meeting.
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