Families of the Lebanese captives speak to reporters after meeting Hariri, in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Monday to assist in the release of 25 Lebanese servicemen being held hostage by ISIS and the Nusra Front on Arsal's outskirts.During a meeting with the families of the hostages in his Beirut residence Monday, Hariri said that he wouldn't spare any effort to resolve the 7-months-old crisis, according to a statement released by his media office. Hariri also voiced his support for the crisis cell in charge of dealing with the hostage case, saying that negotiations should be restricted to the government. Youssef also noted that Sheikh Mustafa Hujeiri, an informal mediator close to the Nusra Front, has been tasked with negotiating the release of the hostages.
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