President Michel Sleiman, right, shakes hands with the Egyptian Ambassador in Baabda, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Sleiman raised hopes Monday that a new government could soon see the light this week, saying all major obstacles had been overcome, in the strongest signal yet of an end to the 10 months political deadlock in Lebanon.Despite the optimism, Sleiman reiterated his warning that he would move ahead with the formation of a neutral government in the event efforts to form an all-embracing government failed.Speaking to diplomats at the Presidential Palace, Sleiman called for international efforts to help keep Lebanon distant from the conflict in neighboring Syria.Despite an agreement between Lebanese rivals to distance Lebanon from the Syrian conflict, Hezbollah made public last year its military intervention in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad.Sleiman also reiterated his keenness on holding the presidential election due later this year on time.
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