BEIRUT: 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.
Along with the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale, Issa met with former President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Following his meeting with Prime Minister Salam, Issa, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government, highlighted that the United States was “dedicated to ensuring that the Lebanese Armed Forces has all the tools it needs in order to preserve the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon.”
He affirmed continued U.S. support for Lebanon’s security institutions, and coordination with regional allies to meet the training and equipment needs of Lebanon’s security services. The National News Agency reported Tuesday that Issa also met with March 14 officials at the group’s headquarters in Ashrafieh.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 20, 2014, on page 3.