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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The Kataeb Party is expected Tuesday to withdraw its threat to quit the Cabinet following Prime Minister Tammam Salam's clarifications over the policy statement ahead of a Parliament vote of confidence, political sources said Monday.Salam offered clarifications Monday over the government policy statement aimed at appeasing the Kataeb Party, which had threatened to withdraw its ministers unless a clause on the state's authority in defending Lebanon was modified.Gemayel described his meeting with Salam as "cordial," saying he discussed with the premier the Kataeb reservations over the policy statement with regard to the state's role in defending Lebanon.While showing understanding toward Gemayel's concerns over the policy statement, Salam said it is essential to look forward for the Cabinet to win a vote of confidence in Parliament so that it can get to work and address the people's "urgent priorities".
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