Minister Wael Abu Faour arrives to attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The U.N. Security Council Thursday reiterated calls on Lebanese political factions to end presidential vacuum, appealing for international support for Lebanon's security forces as they battled terrorist groups.The statement was issued after members of the Security Council were briefed Wednesday by Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator for Lebanon of the secretary-general, on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and by Dimitry Titov, the assistant secretary-general for the Rule of Law in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a stormy Cabinet session, where ministers argued over several issues yet the government still managed to make some public sector appointments.Economy Minister Alain Hakim said Wednesday he would withdraw from the session in case no solution for the problem was found.Salam also quarreled with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil over the State Security issue.The Cabinet also appointed Youssef Doughan a member of the Board of Directors and Yasser Zebian a General Financial Inspector at the Council of the South.
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