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U.S. Envoy Murphy Sees Syrian Official

From Reuters

U.S. special envoy Richard W. Murphy met Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh on Wednesday in what diplomats said was an attempt to agree on a candidate who could become Lebanon’s next president.

The diplomats said Murphy’s visit showed increased U.S. desire to cooperate with Syria in ensuring the smooth election of a successor to President Amin Gemayel, whose term ends Sept. 23. Syria is the dominant foreign power in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Parliament, which elects the president, failed to obtain a quorum when it met for the vote last month. Most Christian lawmakers boycotted the session to prevent the election of front-runner Suleiman Franjieh, who has Syrian backing.


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