Labor Minister Salim Jreissati arrives to attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese government should reach out to countries sponsoring ISIS and the Nusra Front to secure the release of the captive soldiers, the Change and Reform Bloc urged Tuesday, arguing that it was preferable to seek help from Syria than negotiate directly with radical groups.The bloc also dismissed the March 14 coalition's recent initiative to break the presidential deadlock, lobbying once again for MP Michel Aoun's own proposal to end the paralysis.Earlier in the day, the March 14 coalition said it was ready to hold talks with rival parties to agree on a consensus candidate in what the group described as the "national compromise" initiative to elect a new president as soon as possible.
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