Ayrault speaks to French peacekeepers in Naqoura, Monday, July 11, 2016. (The Daily Star/UNIFIL, HO)
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Monday began talks with Lebanese leaders, including two key presidential candidates, on the political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than two years, even though he is not carrying any formal initiative to solve the crisis.Ayrault also met at the Pine Residence with Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh, who was accompanied by Culture Minister Raymond Areiji.Ayrault also met with MP Michel Aoun, Tayyar website reported. Frangieh is a key presidential candidate standing against Aoun. However, Ayrault's visit isn't expected to yield any tangible results with regard to ending the presidential vacuum, now in its third year.Lebanon has been without a president since former President Michel Sleiman's term ended in May 2014 .Ayrault's trip comes three months after French President Francois Hollande visited Lebanon in April.
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