File - Caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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In a flurry of diplomatic activity Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador David Hale held talks with Future bloc MP Fouad Siniora and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who had returned a day earlier from Saudi Arabia.Hale met with Bassil in the afternoon after a morning meeting between the two was postponed for security reasons, the National News Agency reported. The meeting lasted 40 minutes, and Hale, who also handed Bassil a letter from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left the Foreign Ministry without making any comments.Hours later, Bassil also met with French Ambassador Patrice Paoli.
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