President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine, Thursday, March 20, 2014, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington before departing for Florida. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized his desire to see the Lebanese presidential election held on time and free of foreign meddling in a phone call with Prime Minister Tammam Salam Friday.Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday he would begin consultations with heads of parliamentary blocs next week to secure a quorum for a Parliamentary session to elect a new president.During his chat with Salam, Obama also stressed the importance of national unity and the need to strengthen the policy of disassociation, as well as Washington's continued support for Lebanon.
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