US ambassador to Lebanon David Hale, left, and President of the Chamber of commerce Mohammad Choucair exchange gifts during a meeting in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The United States ambassador to Lebanon Friday brushed off allegations that Washington was among "some countries" prohibiting or complicating the import of Lebanese-made goods.Hale also emphasized that the United States worked with Lebanese businesses and individuals to expand access to international markets and increase exports from Lebanon – not only to the United States but worldwide.The ambassador said that USAID and other embassy activities also facilitated business relationships between Lebanese businesses and import and export companies.For his part, chamber President Mohamed Choucair hailed the Lebanese-U.S. trade ties.He noted that the U.S. was not only one of the top importers of Lebanese products, but that its actively supported initiatives to strengthen Lebanon's reputation as a quality trade partner.
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