Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri delivers a speech during a dinner held by the Lebanese ambassador in his honor, in Kuwait, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
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Speaker Nabih Berri ruled out over the weekend excluding mention of the "resistance" in the new Cabinet's policy statement but voiced readiness to offer alternative proposals to help end the impasse over the divisive clause.On Friday, Sleiman implicitly blamed Hezbollah's support for the resistance formula for the delay in approving the Cabinet's policy statement.Berri said the spat between Hezbollah and Sleiman meant the chances of producing a policy statement were dim but added that he was willing to offer proposals to resolve the dispute over the policy statement if rival parties expressed readiness to agree to a solution on the resistance clause.The March 14 coalition has rejected including Hezbollah's tripartite formula in the policy statement and insisted the ministerial statement be based on the Baabda Declaration, an agreement by Lebanese parties to distance Lebanon from the regional turmoil, particularly Syria.
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