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U.S. ambassador heads to Riyadh for talks with Hariri, Saudi officials

  • Hale meets Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail, Friday, May 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)

BEIRUT: United States Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale left for Riyadh for meetings with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi official to discuss international support for Lebanon, a statement by the U.S. embassy said on Saturday.

A security source told The Daily Star that Hale left for Riyadh at 7 p.m. Beirut time.

A senior political source had told The Daily Star Friday that the U.S. was urging rival Lebanese parties to elect a new president before the constitutional deadline of May 25 in order to avoid a vacuum in the presidency.

Before he left for Riyadh, Hale held talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

Hale highlighted to reporters that that the presidential election was the responsibility of the Lebanese, saying that there was no role for Washington and other external powers in the vote.    

 
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Summary

United States Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale left for Riyadh for meetings with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi official to discuss international support for Lebanon, a statement by the U.S. embassy said on Saturday.

A senior political source had told The Daily Star Friday that the U.S. was urging rival Lebanese parties to elect a new president before the constitutional deadline of May 25 in order to avoid a vacuum in the presidency.

Before he left for Riyadh, Hale held talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.


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