Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Glenn Miles speaks during an interview with The Daily Star on Friday, July 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The presidential vacuum threatens to mire bilateral relations and dampens the prospects of potential investment deals between Lebanon and Australia, according to Glenn Miles, Australia's ambassador in Beirut.Although Lebanon faces political turmoil, Miles lauded the country's people and security services for maintaining calm in Lebanon.When asked about a number of Lebanese-Australians who have been involved in terrorist activities, including Islamist Sheikh Hussam Sabbagh and notorious ISIS members Khaled Sharouf and Mohammad Elomar, Miles said that radicalization among Australian citizens is certainly not limited to those with ties to Lebanon.There are between 20,000 and 30,000 Australian passport-holders currently residing in Lebanon, and there are more than 400,000 Australians of Lebanese descent currently living in Australia, he added.To that end, Miles said his office works to engage Australians in Lebanon and works closely with Lebanese community groups in Australia.
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