Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, meets with a number of foreign ambassadors in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/NNA)
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The international community called on Lebanon Wednesday to launch intensive contacts to elect a new president urgently, saying a vacuum in the country's top Christian post was a matter of concern, U.N. Special Coordinator to Lebanon Derek Plumbly said.U.S. Ambassador David Hale, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin, Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Jiang Jiang, U.K. Ambassador Tom Fletcher, the French Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Jerome Kochhar and U.N. Special Coordinator to Lebanon Derek Plumbly attended the meeting.While Geagea has declared his candidacy for the country's top Christian post, Aoun has said he will run only if he emerges as a consensus candidate.
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