File - Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk says the newly transformed dumpsite will host a public park and a hall for ceremonies. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Negotiations to secure the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held hostage by Islamist militants are on the right track and the threat of any more captives being beheaded is diminishing, a Cabinet member said Monday.The remarks by Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk were the most optimistic about the nearly two-month-old hostage crisis that has threatened to destabilize the country as it struggles to shield itself from the repercussions of the civil war in Syria. Without elaborating, Machnouk said he expected "positive results" to emerge from the hostage crisis soon.The captors, who have released seven hostages, are still holding at least 21 soldiers and policemen.Salam is reported to have said he would support a negotiated deal with the militants to find a solution for the hostage crisis and to have called on Turkey and Qatar to join efforts to secure the release of the captives.Salam said he had asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step up his efforts regarding the hostage crisis. Earlier Monday, Ibrahim said negotiations to secure the release of Lebanese hostages were on the right track, as the captives' relatives continued to block a main artery linking Beirut and the Bekaa Valley for the fifth straight day.
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