File - At state-run facilities such as the Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport the pictures of President Michel Sleiman -who left office on May 25- are replaced with blank pictures denoting. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A Western diplomatic source painted a gloomy picture of Lebanon's future if politicians continued to refrain from fulfilling their national duties, particularly with regard to the election of a president.The two incidents indicate that there are attempts by regional powers to drag Lebanon into the neighboring conflict, the source said, and that could lead to an all-out war in the country.The Islamic Republic recently proposed an initial 13-point compromise solution to the Syrian crisis that was never announced, the source said.Denying Iran membership in the international anti-ISIS coalition is likely to impede any peace settlement in the region, the source said, something that became evident with the recent war of words between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
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