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UN urges Lebanese parties to elect president now

Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, receives United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Political parties must elect a new president without further delay, the U.N. Special Coordinator in Lebanon Derek Plumbly said Wednesday, while reiterating his support for Lebanon against extremist threats.

“I take this opportunity to again stress the importance of preserving Lebanon’s values of democracy, moderation and pluralism, and the institutions of the state which enshrine them,” Plumbly said. Speaking after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail, Plumbly stressed that over 100 days had passed since the start of Lebanon's presidential vacuum.

Plumbly said he and Salam discussed the security situation in Lebanon, as well as the international efforts to support the county in light of the latest political and security developments.

“I expressed the solidary of the United Nations with the government, the security forces and the families of the personnel held hostage by violent extremist groups,” he said. “We of course also discussed the urgent assistance being offered by U.N. Member States to Lebanon through its security forces in the face of these challenges,” he said.

 

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