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During an interview with LBC TV on Friday , State Minister Adnan as-Sayyed Hussein said that groups other than Hezbollah, some of which are fundamentalists, are being armed.

Hussein who is closely associated with Michel Suleiman may be reflecting the president’s thinking.

Hussein’s comment comes after Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun said that there are military groups in Lebanon, especially among the Christians—a possible reference to the Phalange Party and Lebanese Forces—that want to change the status quo in Christian areas.

Both the Phalange and LF denied the allegations

Hussein  also said that another civil war in Lebanon is a red line and would only serve Israeli interests.

Ministerial sources told AlHayat newspaper that President Suleiman has been holding separate meetings with leaders of parliamentary blocs in order to calm down the situation in Lebanon following the fiery speech last Friday by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The meetings with heads of blocs are aimed at “dissipating the tense atmosphere due to increased political campaigns,” the sources said adding that Suleiman’s efforts to calm down political foes will be joined by similar calls from Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The newspaper said the counter-accusations among politicians have also worried European Union diplomats who have expressed concerns over the “rising wave of tension in Lebanon”

The national dialogue session is scheduled to be held on August 13.

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