File - Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Diplomatic sources in Lebanon stressed the importance of the internal security plan, and revealed a joint U.S.-European effort that reaffirms international support for maintaining Lebanon's stability and filling the presidential vacuum.Kerry welcomed Hariri's position and considered it a primary foundation for the international effort aimed at maintaining stability in Lebanon, reiterating that while the U.S. would rather not see the election of a president close to Hezbollah, it would not veto such a choice if there were a consensus around him.The question that has gone unanswered since the end of former President Michel Sleiman's term in May is: who is the consensus figure that Lebanon's Christians will agree on, along with the Future Movement, Hezbollah, Speaker Berri, Jumblatt and regional and international powers?
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