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Lebanon against military intervention in Syria: President Sleiman

President SleimanLebanese President Michel Sleiman says Beirut opposes military intervention in Syria, amid the increasing support provided by the West and its anti-Syria allies to the insurgents fighting the Damascus government.

In a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Beirut on Sunday, Sleiman also called for international support for the mission of UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, which is aimed at finding a diplomatic resolution to the turmoil in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Damascus accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and some Western governments of fanning the flames of violence in the country.

Holland’s three-hour visit to Beirut was the first by a French president since the previous head of state, Nicolas Sarkozy, visited Lebanon in June 2008.

The French president is also scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss the latest developments in Syria.

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