France's foreign minister pressed ahead on Tuesday with his mediation among Lebanon's feuding politicians, calling on the sides to pick a compromise candidate for the country's next president.
Bernard Kouchner's efforts came as the deadline nears for the vote in parliament to choose Lebanon's president and amid fears the deep political crisis could slide the nation further into chaos.
Kouchner, who has visited Lebanon several times in recent months as part of France's mediation efforts, on Tuesday first met Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the head of Lebanon's Maronite Christian community. The Maronite Catholic sect traditionally holds the presidency in Lebanon.
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