French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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French President Emmanuel Macron Monday renewed his support for the Lebanese Army and security forces following talks with President Michel Aoun at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Macron told Aoun, who began an official visit to France, that his country would also maintain support to safeguard the southern border with Israel. Macron praised the Army's offensive in northeast Lebanon where it forced out Daesh (ISIS) militants from the area near the Syrian border.Touching on the Syrian refugee presence in Lebanon, Aoun said that work should be directed at helping the refugees return to Syria, citing the dire living conditions in Lebanon.Aoun thanked France for all the efforts and support that it has been offering Lebanon.Aoun thanked Macron for the supportive position France took regarding UNIFIL's presence in south Lebanon.As Aoun was carrying out his duties at the Arc de Triomphe, crowds of Lebanese expats living in France stood on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees to greet the president.Waving Lebanese flags, they were heard shouting slogans praising and welcoming Aoun.
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