Bassil poses with newly sworn-in diplomats at the ministry in Beirut, May 13, 2019. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Monday that he had apologized to ministry staff for opening an investigation into a leak of diplomatic cables to media outlets and that he hoped the leak would prove not to be linked to corruption within the ministry.While a ministry source said the judiciary was questioning the ministry's Director of Arab Affairs Ali al-Mawla, Bassil said he had received information that the leaks had come "from more than one person" and that he had therefore asked for the investigation to be widened.
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