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Salam Heads to New York for General Assembly Session

Prime Minister Tammam Salam traveled to New York on Thursday heading the Lebanese delegation that would represent Lebanon at the U.N. General Assembly and the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon.

Salam is expected first to attend a session during which Pope Francis will address the U.N. on Friday.

The premier is also scheduled to attend the opening of the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit during which he will give a speech.

On Monday, the General Assembly session will officially kick off and the next day a summit on fighting extremism will be held during which leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Salam will give speeches.

The PM will also address the General Assembly and the International Support Group for Lebanon on Wednesday before returning to Lebanon.

He is expected to focus in his speeches on urging countries of influence to help Lebanon overcome its political crises by electing a new president.

He will also call for more support to the Lebanese army to boost its role against terrorism and urge further assistance to help Lebanon confront the burden of Syrian refugees.

Salam is expected to hold meetings with top world leaders on the sidelines of the General Assembly.


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