Prime Minister Tammam Salam smiles upon his arrival at his home in Beirut, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A seven-member ministerial committee is close to reaching a deal over the divisive issue of the resistance in the new Cabinet's policy statement, officials said Sunday.Committee member Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish, who represents Hezbollah in the Cabinet, said his party was adamant on adopting the resistance option in the policy statement.The March 14 coalition has strongly rejected this formula and insisted that the Baabda Declaration, which calls for distancing Lebanon from regional and international conflicts, particularly the war in Syria, be adopted in the policy statement.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri reiterated his opposition to the "Army, the people and the Resistance" formula, saying that the Baabda Declaration should be adopted instead in the Cabinet's policy statement. He also voiced optimism that Salam's Cabinet would be granted Parliament's vote of confidence once differences over the policy statement have been ironed out. March 14 Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb said the committee's deliberations were seeking to abolish the the "Army, the people and the Resistance" formula in the policy statement.
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