Kahwagi salutes a monument honoring Army martyrs at the Defense Ministry in Yarze.
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U.S. President Barack Obama sent a strong message Friday calling for the election of a Lebanese president without foreign interference, while pledging that Washington would continue to support Lebanon in the fight against terror.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, meanwhile, decried the continued presidential vacuum, saying it was an insult to the founding fathers of Lebanon's independence, and called for immediate consultations to elect a president. Senior government officials have acknowledged that the key to ending the deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for nearly six months lies with regional and international powers, citing particularly a long-awaited rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which back opposing sides in the country.In his letter, Obama stressed that the Lebanese Army and security forces should alone be responsible for defending Lebanon's borders and expressed pride in Lebanese-American ties, particularly in terms of combating the rise of extremist threats. The camera then moves to several embassy staff singing the Lebanese national anthem.For his part, Hariri said it was shameful for Independence Day to fall with the country lacking a president.
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