Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, speaks with Minister Samir Moqbel during a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The government, already crippled by a rift over the appointment of senior security and military officers, is facing a new test over Lebanon's participation in a proposed joint Arab force, with a number of ministers and officials supporting this participation and others opposing it.The sources said the Foreign Ministry had made remarks on the draft protocol to establish a region-wide military force aimed at combating terrorism, particularly ISIS, which was approved at the Arab summit at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28-29, focusing essentially on the failure to define terrorism.Although Lebanon has given its consent in principle to join the joint Arab force to protect its territories against any threats, this consent is conditional and restricted as long as it needs the Cabinet's approval, the sources said. They added that unless the Foreign Ministry's remarks are taken into account, Lebanon's participation in the joint Arab force is destined to be rejected.
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