Kerry to visit Paris for global meet on Lebanon

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on February 19, 2014, in ParisUS Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Paris next week for talks on helping Lebanon cope with the overspill from the conflict in neighboring Syria, a US diplomat said Tuesday. In a letter to his newly named Lebanese counterpart, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced Thursday that the next meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon group would take place on March 5. “It is more necessary than ever to protect Lebanon from the repercussions of the Syrian crisis, on the security, political and economic fronts,” Fabius said in the letter to Gebran Bassil. “It is in this spirit that the International Support Group for Lebanon will meet on March 5 in Paris.”

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