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U.S. official reiterates support for Lebanon

Matthew Spence, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy,left, meets with President Michel Sleiman, right, in Baabda Palace on Friday Jan. 10,2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati and Nohra)

BEIRUT: A U.S. official reiterated Friday support for Lebanon and particularly the military as he met with President Michel Sleiman in Baabda, a statement from the president’s office said.

Matthew Spence, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, said his country is committed to supporting Lebanon’s Army to enable it to “fulfill its national role in preserving the country’s civil peace and stability.”

Spence and the president discussed the U.S.-Lebanese cooperation and bilateral ties, mainly between the two countries’ defense ministries.

The U.S. official also said his country is interested in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis in light of preparations for the Geneva II peace conference on Syria.

Lebanon has recently received an invitation from the U.N. to attend the international peace conference in Geneva aimed at finding a breakthrough to the nearly three-year-old Syrian crisis.





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