President Michel Sleiman, center, meets with German’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen along with a German and Lebanese delegations at Baabda Palace on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra,HO)
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A Lebanese politician recently conducted a tour of a number of capitals with interests in the situation in Lebanon, in order to scope out their positions on the presidential elections.He was told that Lebanon is currently not on the agenda of Western interests, which are focusing on other Arab elections, including the Egyptian and Syrian presidential polls and the legislative elections in Iraq that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is close to Iran. Some diplomats said Western countries would not ignore the Lebanese "farce" of failing to choose a consensus figure for the presidency, and that discussions have begun to ensure the election of a president within the constitutional deadline and Lebanon's isolation from regional crises.
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