Macron flanked by Hariri and Mohammed as they arrive to attend the meeting. / AFP / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER
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Bolstering Lebanon's stability was at the heart of the International Support Group meeting held Friday in Paris, where Beirut was urged to uphold its dissociation policy and regional states were called on to respect the country's sovereignty.Hariri had cited Hezbollah's role in Lebanon and the region as a reason for his exit, but later said he would be willing to reconsider if Lebanon's policy of dissociation was fully implemented.In tandem with the new policy, the role of the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon was praised by the ISG for maintaining stability, though the group stressed the need to fully implement U.N. resolutions. "Above all, it is essential that we mobilize increasingly for the strengthening of the Lebanese Army, [which is] key to the security of the country and the condition of its national unity," he said.For his part, Hariri thanked Macron for his efforts in holding the meeting, saying that it demonstrated a continued commitment to Lebanon. Touching on the recent crisis, Hariri said it could have negatively impacted Lebanon across the board.
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