Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam chairs a cabinet meeting at the Grand Serail, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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The Cabinet Thursday discussed the environmental issues facing Lebanon's Litani River, as talks on extending the contracts of two foreign telecommunication companies managing the country's cell phone operators were postponed.Last week, the Cabinet agreed to form a ministerial committee to address the environmental calamity afflicting the river. The World Bank board of directors has also approved a $55 million loan to clean up the Litani and the Qaraoun Lake, an artificial reservoir which the river runs through. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that solving the pollution crisis meant addressing the issues at the beginning and at the end of the river, rather than simply closing down the sand quarries.
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