Prime Minister Tammam Salam chairs a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail Thursday, July 21, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Dalati& Nohra, HO)
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Cabinet agreed Thursday to form a committee to address the pollution afflicting the Litani River, given its exponentially detrimental effect on irrigation and marine life in several areas across Lebanon.Machnouk said that solving the pollution crisis meant addressing the issues from the beginning to the end of the river. He said that simply closing down the sand quarries, which some consider the principle cause of the pollution, was not a solution in itself. The issue of the Litani River was just one item on the session's 45 point agenda. During the session, ministers delayed talks on extending the contracts of the two telecommunication companies in charge of managing Lebanon's two mobile networks.Ministerial sources also shed light into an argument that took place between Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Machnouk over delaying street sweeping contracts for Beirut and Mount Lebanon.Information Minister Ramzi Joreige downplayed the argument between Salam and Machnouk, as did the source.
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