Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has warned about the danger of leaving the battle against Syria-based Islamist militants hiding on the outskirts of Arsal in the hands of Hezbollah, and not the Lebanese Army."There is no disagreement that terrorism is a problem and must be addressed," Bassil told pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published Friday. But he warned that the struggle against terrorism should not be sectarian-based. Bassil acknowledged that the conflict in the Middle East is along religious lines.The Cabinet Thursday authorized the Lebanese Army to take action to protect the northeastern border town of Arsal.Bassil, however, has expressed reservations over the Cabinet's decision on Arsal.Hezbollah has repeatedly warned that it would take matters into its own hands if the Army does not take action against the jihadis hiding in Arsal.
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