Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz receives Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Jeddah, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam Tuesday said his government would continue trying to convince Hezbollah to adhere to the country's disassociation policy, at a news conference concluding his Saudi Arabia visit.Taking a question about Hezbollah's role in Syria and the party's fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces at a news conference in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah, the prime minister said the party, which he described as being "a partner in the government of national interest," had endorsed the Cabinet's policy statement that called for a disassociation policy. Salam also downplayed a possible presidential vacuum, saying that his government would take charge in the event a president is not elected on time.The prime minister said Lebanon was trying to mitigate the repercussions of the Syrian conflict, voicing hope that foreign intervention in Lebanon would be "constructive and positive".
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