Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam Thursday denied claims that the documents sent to Russia concerning Lebanon's trash-export deal were forged, defending the company chosen to export the trash.The Cabinet had initially intended to only deal with companies in negotiating a plan to export Lebanon's trash, Salam said, placing the responsibility on Chinook to obtain official approval from the receiving country.Regarding the ongoing presidential vacuum, Salam said he hoped for a quorum in the upcoming Cabinet session on March 2, although did not put his full hopes in it.Salam defended "the accomplishments" made by his Cabinet, including the hostage and security situations.The premier cited that the release of the Nusra-held servicemen last year as another of the Cabinet's accomplishments, speaking out against what he said were rumors of the Cabinet's leniency in the matter and inaccurate media coverage.Turning to Lebanon's foreign policy, Salam emphasized that the Lebanese Constitution and the unanimously-agreed upon ministerial statement, made upon the formation of the Cabinet, govern the country's relations abroad.Now, Salam warned, no state would come to rescue Lebanon this time if it came close to collapse as a result of internal differences.
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