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Lebanon: New govt. faces 'critical' decisions on economy, corruption – US diplomat01:12

Lebanon: New govt. faces 'critical' decisions on economy, corruption – US diplomat

Lebanon, Beirut
March 5, 2019 at 16:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lebanon's new government is being confronted with "critical" decisions in regards to security, the economy, and fighting corruption, said Acting United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield after meeting with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, in Beirut on Tuesday.

The top US diplomat said that the United States wanted to see Lebanon move forward after the country formed a new government in January, following last May's parliamentary elections - the first in nine years.

"Lebanon faces choices. The way those choices are or are not adopted will be reflected in the position which both we and other states will take and we hope very much those choices are positive for the sake of the Lebanese people, Lebanon and not external parties," he told journalists.

Satterfield arrived in Lebanon on Monday for a two-day trip. He is the first high-level US official to visit the country since the formation of the new government.

Lebanon: New govt. faces 'critical' decisions on economy, corruption – US diplomat01:12
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Lebanon's new government is being confronted with "critical" decisions in regards to security, the economy, and fighting corruption, said Acting United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield after meeting with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, in Beirut on Tuesday.

The top US diplomat said that the United States wanted to see Lebanon move forward after the country formed a new government in January, following last May's parliamentary elections - the first in nine years.

"Lebanon faces choices. The way those choices are or are not adopted will be reflected in the position which both we and other states will take and we hope very much those choices are positive for the sake of the Lebanese people, Lebanon and not external parties," he told journalists.

Satterfield arrived in Lebanon on Monday for a two-day trip. He is the first high-level US official to visit the country since the formation of the new government.