Ministers attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Amid mounting Western concerns over the situation in Lebanon, September promises to be the month of important developments and tough political escalation as the rift widens between the rival Lebanese factions over the issue of military and security appointments, political sources said.Hale said the continuation of tensions means a further complication of the situation, which would probably lead to a political explosion that would reflect negatively on the security situation, the sources added.Hale expressed his country's anger with the careless behavior of Lebanese officials on both sides of the political divide as the prevailing policy of challenge cannot but lead to a political flare-up in September that would have adverse effects on the security situation, the sources said.However, Western diplomats, who are worried about the morale of the Lebanese Army, which is engaged in an open battle against terrorism, warn that any setback at the political level would be followed by a setback at the security level.Speaker Nabih Berri is also wary that September will witness the toughest political escalation.
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