Free Patriotic Movement members carry the party's flags as they parade in a convoy in Beirut, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A source close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam said the government would hold a regular session and discuss the regular agenda despite the FPM escalation.Following a visit to Salam at the Grand Serail, MP Walid Jumblatt said there was no justification for disrupting Cabinet sessions.Other PSP sources said Jumblatt urged Salam to do his best to avoid a confrontation during the session.Salam also received Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel, accompanied by the three Kataeb ministers. To coordinate stances ahead of the session, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, hosted at the Foreign Ministry a meeting that brought together Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, also from FPM, Hezbollah ministers Hussein Hajj Hasan and Mohammad Fneish, Tashnag Party Minister Arthur Nazarian and Marada Minister Raymond Areiji.Speaking after the meeting, Bassil said Thursday was a "fateful and a decisive day," noting that the government could not exist without the FPM and Hezbollah which he claimed represented half of the Lebanese.The sources said that the Cabinet session following Thursday's would only convene after Eid al-Fitr, which falls on July 17 .
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