Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam (R) meets with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the parliament building in downtown Beirut on October 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam is putting the final touches on a deal over a government plan aimed at resolving the nearly 4-month-old trash crisis following positive talks Friday with Amal and Hezbollah ministers that cleared the way for the implementation of the long-awaited scheme.Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan informed Salam during a meeting with him at the Grand Serail of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah's decision to find a landfill in south Lebanon to substitute for a disposal dump in the Bekaa Valley, removing a major political obstacle to the plan's implementation. Khalil, who belongs to Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc, struck an upbeat note on a solution to the garbage crisis following the meeting with Salam.Salam and Chehayeb have met with ministers on both sides of the political divide in a bid to facilitate the implementation of the plan. Salam has said he will not call for a Cabinet session before ensuring that all the parties represented in the government supported the plan.
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