File - FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Friday, July 26, 2013. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Michel Aoun left Beirut Sunday for a three-day visit to Rome, where he will meet with senior Vatican officials to discuss the difficulties Christians are facing in Lebanon and the Middle East.FPM sources said that Aoun's meeting with senior Vatican officials would address the problems that face Eastern Christians as a result of the unrest in the Arab world in general and Syria in particular, turmoil that has driven some to leave their home countries.Aoun will also raise internal Lebanese issues during the talks, including the Syrian refugee crisis that is altering the demographic balance of the country, the Cabinet crisis and the need to conduct presidential elections on time. The sources said events outside the country had spurred Lebanese political blocs to begin serious negotiations to create a Cabinet.
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