Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads the ministerial committee meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, March 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A ministerial committee tasked with drafting the Cabinet's policy statement remained deadlocked Friday over the thorny issue of the resistance as attention shifted to contacts by rival political leaders to help break the stalemate.The seven-member committee, chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam, barely touched on the resistance issue during Friday's meeting, the ninth since Salam announced a 24-member Cabinet on Feb. 15 . Salam said if the problem over the policy statement was not solved at Tuesday's meeting, the matter should be referred to a Cabinet meeting.A terse statement issued after the one-hour meeting held at the Grand Serail said the committee, which includes ministers from the March 8 and March 14 parties and centrists, would meet again at 3 p.m. Tuesday.Ahead of the committee's meeting, Salam met with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace to discuss difficulties facing the panel's attempts to agree on the policy statement.The committee, which constitutionally has one month to finish drafting the policy statement, seems to be racing against time.
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