Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam addresses the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels, on December 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam informed senior EU officials Tuesday of Lebanon's desperate need for international support while it grapples with the fallout of Syria's crisis, with senior diplomatic sources describing the talks in Belgium's capital as "extremely positive".In an evening meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz on the second and last day of his official visit to Belgium, Salam said the two discussed Lebanon-EU relations, particularly parliamentary cooperation. Schulz updated Salam on the state of EU policy toward Lebanon and the Middle East, while Salam spoke of the most pressing issues in Lebanon, including the presidential void, efforts to maintain internal security and stability and the Syrian conflict. Salam and Schulz also highlighted the importance of supporting the Lebanese security services to help them overcome the increasing threat of terrorism.Schulz stressed the unity of Lebanon and expressed trust that Salam's government would be able to solve the presidential deadlock very soon.Speaking to The Daily Star, senior diplomatic sources who attended Salam's meetings with EU officials described the talks as "very warm" and "extremely positive". They said Salam felt there was a lot of understanding for Lebanon's circumstances by EU officials.
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