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FM Shoukry to head to Lebanon for discussions on ending political vacuum

Lebanon's parliament has been deadlocked on choosing a new president since May 2014

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Aug 2016
Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is heading to Lebanon on Tuesday to offer ideas to help end Beirut's presidential political vacuum as it enters its third year, the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon said.

Ambassador Mohamed Badreddine Zayed explained that Shoukry's visit aims to present support to Lebanese "consensus" in the election of a new president, Ahram Arabic news website reported on Sunday.

Zayed said that Egypt is making available all of its diplomatic and political expertise to the Lebanese, adding that Cairo supports any initiatives that aim to build consensus among rival parties.

Lebanon has been suffering from a presidential vacuum since May 2014 following the end of the term of former Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.

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