File - President Michel Sleiman, left, meets with Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad in Baabda, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Hezbollah's unprecedented criticism of President Michel Sleiman after he spoke out against the "Army, people, resistance" formula has precipitated a new stage in internal relations, in which demands are escalating fast.On the eve of the eighth round of talks aimed at drafting a ministerial statement, Hezbollah sought assurances from those involved on the legitimacy of two points: its weapons and its involvement in the Syrian conflict fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's regime. On a domestic and regional level, the Israeli air raid on the Syrian-Lebanese border targeting a Hezbollah post and a weapons convoy has also contributed to the stalled negotiations of the ministerial statement.Sources also suggest that the U.S. supports a solution that would see the statement gutted of any controversial points and limited to general goals.
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