Prime Minister Tammam Salam receives Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri at the Grand Serail on Friday, Sept.11, 2015 (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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Saudi Arabia Friday threw its weight behind inter-Lebanese National Dialogue, hoping it would lead to ending the 15-month presidential vacuum and reviving the role of Parliament and the government.However, the sources did not rule out the possibility of a Cabinet meeting in the presence of the boycotting ministers, including Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, to discuss the formation of a ministerial delegation that would accompany Salam on his trip to New York later this month to attend the U.N. General Assembly's session and the meeting of the foreign ministers of member states of the International Support Group for Lebanon on the sidelines of the assembly's session.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, who attended Wednesday's Cabinet session that approved Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb's garbage management plan, said that the reasons that led to the boycott of last month's Cabinet meeting by the FPM and Hezbollah ministers have not been tackled yet.The FPM and Hezbollah ministers have refused to sign about 100 decrees that Salam planned to publish in the official gazette.Last month's extension of the terms of the Army's top brass, including that of Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi which was staunchly opposed by FPM leader MP Michel Aoun, was among the reasons that prompted the FPM and Hezbollah ministers to boycott the Cabinet session.
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