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 called Monday on Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to stop his verbal attacks on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, in the government's latest attempt to defuse a diplomatic crisis with the kingdom that has strained Lebanon's ties with Gulf states.Salam also reiterated Lebanon's commitment to Arab unanimity at Arab conferences.defended the ongoing dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah despite renewed tension between the two rival parties over a diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia.Hariri reiterated commitment to his initiative supporting MP Sleiman Frangieh's candidacy for the presidency against MP Michel Aoun, who is backed by Hezbollah and some March 8 allies, as well as the Lebanese Forces. He also blamed Hezbollah for the presidential deadlock. Hariri's remarks came amid an ongoing diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia that has strained Lebanon's ties with the kingdom and other Gulf states over what Riyadh perceives as "hostile" positions linked to Hezbollah and Iran at Arab League and Islamic meetings.
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