Walid Jumblatt attends a ceremony in Beirut, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said that he does not expect any agreement to be reached on the ministerial statement before the March 14 commemoration ceremony in remarks published Friday.Jumblatt also said that the March 17 constitutional deadline for drafting a ministerial statement is not binding.However, the two main factions disagree on how to incorporate the resistance in the ministerial statement,The Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance insists that the policy statement stipulate that Lebanon and the Lebanese have the right to resist Israeli occupation and defend the country against any Israeli aggression, effectively legitimizing Hezbollah's arsenal. Jumblatt said that the ministerial statement must acknowledge the Lebanese people's right to resist against Israel.Berri and Jumblatt had earlier prepared a formula over the policy statement.
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