Lebanon News

Aoun meets Connelly over Cabinet, Constitution

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly, left, FPM leader MP Michel Aoun, right, meet in Rabieh on Tuesday July 30, 2013. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun met Tuesday with the United States Ambassador to Lebanon over the Cabinet formation and the Lebanese Constitution.

Maura Connelly, whose term is set to end this year, visited Aoun in his Rabieh residence for talks that covered a need to swiftly form a new government in Lebanon and the importance of implementing the Constitution in the country, according to a statement from Aoun's office.

Aoun has recently lashed out at the state officials accusing them of failing to preserve the Constitution and regularly violating it.

During the meeting, Connelly commended the European Union's recent decision to list Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organization, according to a U.S. Embassy statement.

"The Ambassador commended the European Union’s recent decision to designate Hezballah, which sends a strong message that Hezballah cannot operate with impunity and there are consequences for its actions," the statement said.

Connelly is expected to leave her post in Lebanon later this year, and the Embassy is preparing for her departure.

Connelly has served as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon since 2010.

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated David Hale, currently Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, as the next ambassador to Lebanon.

Hale's appointment will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he can take up the post.

Hale, who joined the U.S. foreign office in 1984, served in Lebanon as Deputy Chief of Mission from 1998 to 2001, and as a Political Officer from 1992 to 1994.

He has also occupied several posts in different countries of the Middle East region.





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