A brief spat broke out at one point during the meeting, according to the Cabinet statement.
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam called on ministers to approve a state budget during Thursday's Cabinet meeting, as the body agreed to release funds to security apparatuses and compensate farmers from Arsal.Ministers met for a Cabinet session in the absence of Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who continued his boycott of the meetings.Ministers also agreed to compensate poultry farmers nearly $400,000 for losses caused by bird flu, according to the Cabinet statement.Bou Saab and allied Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian began boycotting Cabinet meetings in late August in protest of the extension of the terms of senior military officials, as well as what they say is the marginalization of Christians in key state posts.
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