File - President Michel Sleiman speaks at a ceremony at Baabda Palace on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
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President Michel Sleiman expressed support for the National Charter and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai's call for coexistence and a strong state in a phone call to the latter Wednesday afternoon.Sleiman also noted that the charter made reference to the Baabda declaration and the importance of maintaining Lebanon's neutrality in the face of "external struggles," as well as to the creation of a national defense strategy safeguarded by the Lebanese Army and security forces, and the importance of Lebanon's commitment to fulfilling the recommendations of the Friends of Lebanon conference in New York.
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