Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, receives former President Amin Gemayel in Beirut, Monday, March 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam Monday tried to allay the concerns of the Kataeb Party over the Cabinet's ministerial statement, saying the state's prerogatives were enshrined in the document, and insisted on the need for the government to begin its work.During a meeting with Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel, Salam said he understood the leader's concerns regarding the policy statement but defended the document against allegations it contained ambiguities that jeopardized the state's sovereignty. The 24-member government drafted last week its policy statement after four weeks of political deadlock over the resistance clause."We are positive about the Kataeb Party's continued work in shouldering its national responsibility in the Cabinet and look forward to its ministers' contributions in this government," he added.After his meeting with Salam, Gemayel expressed hope his party would get satisfactory answers to the reservations it has voiced.
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