France cuts relation with Syria until Lebanese president is elected
France will have no more contact with Syria until Damascus shows its willingness to let Lebanon end its current political deadlock and elect a new president, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Sunday. France "will have no more contact with Syria ... until we have proof of Syrian willingness to let Lebanon appoint a president by consensus," Sarkozy told journalists following talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
France "wants a president for Lebanon," Sarkozy said, according to AFP.
The election of a president in Lebanon has been delayed 11 times by the pro-Syrian Speaker Nabih Berri. Lebanon has been without a president since November 23.