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International Support Group To Maintain Stability in Lebanon

The participants of the International Support Group for Lebanon have a collective goal of maintaining stability in Lebanon, despite their individual opinions and policies on the Syrian crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Lebanon President Michel Sleiman during the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 24,  2013. 


The convening of the International Support Group for Lebanon is by itself a firm message by all its participants — despite their varying opinions on Syria — to provide a collective protective and diplomatic umbrella to shield Lebanon from the potential spillover of the Syrian crisis.

It is definitely something difficult to uphold because of the escalated Lebanese involvement in the Syrian crisis: the fight in Syria and the fight over Syria, through different means of the March 8 and March 14 coalitions. The conflict has a strong sectarian Sunni-Shiite dimension and threatens the country's national fabric.

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