Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa held meetings with top Lebanese officials Monday and Tuesday, in a brief visit to discuss U.S. support for the Lebanese state and Army, a U.S. embassy statement said.In addition to Issa and Ambassador Hale, the agency stated that March 14's General Secretariat Fares Soueid, MP Marwan Hamade and MP Nadim Gemayel attended the meetings.Issa's visit came after the Lebanese Army had recently asked the United States for military aid that includes new fixed-wing airplanes to use as close air support while battling extremist militants encamped in the mountains outside Arsal, according to an official briefed on the request.
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