Lebanese and French flags in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun begins a three-day state visit to France Monday for talks with President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials focusing on bilateral relations, military aid to the Lebanese Army, the Syrian refugee crisis and Saudi Arabia's scrapped $4 billion gift to the Army, ministerial sources said Sunday. To be accompanied by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Minister of State for Presidency Pierre Raffoul, Aoun will be the first head of state to visit Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, since he became France's youngest ever president in May.At 5 p.m. Monday, Aoun and Macron will hold a bilateral meeting at the Elysee Palace to be followed by an expanded meeting with the participation of the delegation accompanying Aoun.Macron met with Aoun at Baabda Palace during his presidential election campaign. His meeting with Aoun Monday will be the first official get-together between the two as presidents.
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