Lebanese Army soldiers prepare to deploy toward Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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The Qatari delegation has finished its first meeting with Nusra Front commanders and was preparing to bring their demands to the Lebanese government Friday.According to Hujeiri, the Qatari delegation has finished its first meeting with Nusra Front militants after visiting the outskirts of Arsal earlier Friday.The local mediator said that if the Lebanese government would not negotiate, then there was nothing the new mediators could do.However a security source for The Daily Star said that the Qatari delegation was accompanied by a member of Lebanese General Security as well as a Syrian citizen.The Qatari delegation was also set to negotiate with ISIS militants Friday, said Hujeiri, however the meeting did not happen.In a statement released Friday, ISIS in Qalamoun accused the Qatari delegation of obstructing negotiations by refusing to meet with mediators from the group.The Cabinet stressed during its Thursday meeting that it would not conduct any negotiations with the hostage-takers and rejected any swap deal.
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