French President Francois Hollande (R) meets Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Dec. 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JACQUEA BRINON
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Friday that French President Francois Holland had given orders to expedite the delivery of French arms to the Lebanese Army through the Saudi-funded deal and that the needed weapons would soon be transferred.Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attended the meeting between Salam and Hollande.During his chat with reporters, Salam said Hollande would help the country overcome the presidential impasse. "I do not want to give the impression that the Cabinet can function without a president because our duty is to prevent things from collapsing, but we cannot replace a president".Speaking after his meeting with the French president at Elysee Palace, the prime minister said Paris was following up on the presidential deadlock.
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