Families of the Lebanese captives speak to reporters after meeting Hariri, in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The family of a captive policeman being held hostage by the Nusra Front visited their son on the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal Saturday.The family was also told by the Nusra Front that negotiations with the Lebanese government were non-existent -- a routine claim given by the captors to every family who has visited the outskirts, Youssef said.Saturday's visit comes less than a month since the relatives of captive servicemen Abbas Msheik and Sleiman Dirani also visited their sons on the outskirts of Arsal. Last month, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim announced that ongoing talks for the release of the Lebanese soldiers and policemen held hostage by the jihadis are progressing, but said that there is no set timetable for their release.The militants sent their demands to the Lebanese government last year, asking for the release of Islamist prisoners in Lebanese prisons in return for the servicemen's freedom.
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