From left, Minister Wael Abu Faour, Mohammad Fneish and Boutros Harb attend the ministerial committee meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, March 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A ministerial committee tasked with drafting the Cabinet's policy statement is unable to resolve the row over the resistance issue, a committee member acknowledged Tuesday, casting doubts over the panel's mandate.Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said the right to resistance against Israeli occupation was nonnegotiable. Abu Faour from MP Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc spoke a day after the committee failed to make any breakthrough over the thorny issue of the resistance and put off its talks for three days due to some ministers' travel plans.Since Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced a 24-member Cabinet on Feb. 15, the committee, which includes ministers from the March 8 and March 14 parties and centrists, has held eight sessions but has been unable to settle the dispute over the resistance. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah have vowed not to budge on the need for the resistance clause to be included in the Cabinet's policy statement.Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said in a statement that the right to resistance against Israel should be at the crux of the Cabinet's policy statement.
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