President Michel Sleiman, center, meets with the Ambassadors of the International Support Group for Lebanon in Baabda Palace, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Rival ministers failed Friday to narrow differences over the issue of the resistance, dashing hopes of the Cabinet winning a vote of confidence in Parliament ahead of next week's international conference to support Lebanon's stability.The March 8 and March 14 ministers, part of a seven-member ministerial committee tasked with drafting a policy statement, remained poles apart on whether a clause legitimizing Hezbollah's armed resistance against Israel should be mentioned in the document. The issue of the resistance, or the use of Hezbollah's arsenal to protect Lebanon against Israeli attack, is holding up the Cabinet's draft policy statement after the rival ministers agreed on "a satisfactory formula" over the Baabda Declaration.Statements made by rival ministers after the committee's two-hour meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail underlined the wide gap between the two sides over the resistance issue.
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