File - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of his father in Beirut, Feb. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Signs of a new split emerged Tuesday within the already divided government over Saudi Arabia's formation of an Islamic military coalition to fight terrorism, with a Christian minister saying Lebanon is not a Muslim country to join such an coalition, while the move was praised by top Sunni leaders.Salam, according to a statement released by his office, had received a phone call from the Saudi leadership to sound out his opinion on Lebanon joining a broad-based Arab and Islamic alliance to fight terrorism.Salam said Lebanon would carefully consider any steps it needs to take as part of the anti-terror coalition in accordance with the Constitution and Lebanese laws.In a clear sign of cracks within the government, the Foreign Ministry denied having knowledge of the Saudi creation of the anti-terror coalition, in what appeared to be a response to Salam's declaration that Lebanon was a member of the coalition.Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi from the Kataeb Party took issue with Salam, saying Lebanon cannot be a part of the anti-terror coalition until the Cabinet approves the decision.
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