Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri attend a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Despite President Michel Aoun being a close ally of Hezbollah, the international community is adamant about maintaining Lebanon's stability and believes that communication with the president is essential.While the exact details of Hariri's now-rescinded announcement are still being debated, the clear message that came out of the affair was that the international community would support Lebanon to prevent it from collapsing.The diplomat, still highly involved in the region, said that Lebanon doesn't have the ability to control its own stability.When asked how far the international community was willing to go in order to make sure Lebanon was insulated from proxy conflicts, the diplomat pointed to the recent International Support Group for Lebanon meeting held in Paris earlier this month.It's worth noting that the recent donations by the U.S. to the Lebanese Army were announced from the Grand Serail after Richard and CENTCOM Gen. Joseph Votel met with Hariri.With a number of ongoing conflicts and tense situations from North Korea to Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Saudi-Iranian schism, Lebanon remains a land protected, for now, by the international community, which doesn't want want another flash point to emerge.
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