Health Minister Wael Abu Faour addresses the protesters outside the Grand Serail on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ministers did not discuss the option of trading Islamist prisoners for captive servicemen during Thursday's Cabinet meeting in Beirut, but it mandated Prime Minister Tammam Salam to follow up on negotiations through a Qatari intermediary, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Friday.Abu Faour stressed that efforts deployed by Qatari mediators who are undertaking indirect negotiations with the captors were positive.Maghit's brother said the captive pleaded with the families of detained soldiers to escalate pressure on the government to prompt it to speed up negotiations for their release.
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