Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, meets with Economy Minister Alain Hakim at the Grand Serail on Monday, July 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra/HO)
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Ministers reached out Monday to soothe Prime Minister Tammam Salam's anger over disputes within the Cabinet, saying they were willing to facilitate the government's work.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, Economy Minister Alain Hakim and Minister of State Nabil de Freij held separate talks with the Salam at the Grand Serail, days after reports said the premier was aggravated over disputes within his Cabinet. Salam had said he would refrain from calling for a Cabinet session due to lingering differences among ministers over key issues, such as extra-budgetary spending and the Lebanese University's contract professorsThe Cabinet had initially approved giving full-time status to the LU contract professors.Some ministers traded blame, accusing each other of disrupting the work of the Cabinet and focusing on party interests rather than the fate of the university and its lecturers.
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