File - US ambassador to Lebanon David Hale attends a meeting in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Now that the Cabinet has approved a formula to solve the crisis over accepting the appointment of foreign ambassadors in the absence of a president, Lebanon is expected to witness a flurry of diplomatic transfers, according to Western diplomatic sources.This has prompted officials to search for a way to temporarily accept the appointment of new ambassadors until a president is elected.Hollande's adviser for the Middle East affairs, Emanuel Bon, will replace Paoli in Beirut, due to his wide experience in the region's affairs and his full knowledge of the details of the complexities of the Lebanese situation, in addition to his wide network of contacts in the country.After his appointment as the French ambassador to Lebanon, Bon is expected to follow up the mission assigned to French presidential envoy Jean-Francois Girault to overcome regional obstacles blocking the election of a Lebanese president.
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