Lebanon's new government has endorsed Hizbullah's right to keep its weapons.
The decision came Wednesday in a statement that lays out the government's goals for the next four years.
Lebanon's government is a shaky coalition of Western-backed factions and the militant group Hizbullah and its allies.
Wednesday's move is the latest sign that Hizbullah has no intention of meeting a UN resolution that ended the 2006 war with Israel. The resolution required Hizbullah to give up its arsenal.
Hizbullah's refusal to disarm has generated division within Lebanon as well as concern in Israel, which says it is preparing to deploy a defense system to shoot down rockets from Lebanon.