Hariri, right, and Bassil arrive to the International Congress Centre on February 24, 2019, ahead of first joint European Union and Arab League summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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A renewed war of words between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement, sparked mainly by differences over relations with Syria and the refugees' return to their country, is bound to threaten the government's productivity and Lebanon's stability, Future officials said Sunday.Houri was commenting on Bassil's latest tirade against the government and the Future Movement over the issues of Syrian refugee returns and fighting corruption.Bassil's escalatory tone comes as the new government has been jolted by divisions over ties with Syria and differences over appointments to the six-member Military Council, not even two months after the Cabinet's formation. Hajjar scoffed at Bassil's threats to topple the government.Both Houri and Hajjar declined to speculate on the reasons behind Bassil's escalation against the government and the Future Movement. But political sources said it came after Hariri rejected demands by Bassil during their meeting before the prime minister flew to Brussels last week.Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour, who belongs to the Progressive Socialist Party's parliamentary Democratic Gathering bloc that opposes any contacts with the Syrian regime over the refugees' return, criticized Bassil's call for restoring ties with the regime.
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