Prime Minister Tammam Salam prepares for a news conference at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, February 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced Monday that he will head a ministerial committee to visit Gulf Cooperation Council states to reassure them of Lebanon's foreign policy which respects its ties with Arab nations.The five-hour session witnessed sharp debate among ministers from the opposing March 14 and March 8 over the concluding Cabinet statement.Hezbollah's Minister of State Mohammad Fneish and Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan also considered it useless to condemn the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.Although the session ended around 3:45 p.m. and some ministers left the Serail, discussions between Salam and some ministers from the March 8 coalition over the final statement continued.Hajj Hasan lashed out at parties demanding a statement that abides by Saudi Arabia and Arab consensus.In addition to the Saudi decision, the session is expected to tackle Future Movement Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi's resignation.Minister for the Displaced Alice Shabtini was appointed as acting justice minister to replace Rifi.
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