Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks to US Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale at the Interior Ministry on Friday, March 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/ Dalati & Nohra, HO)
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The United States Friday prodded rival Lebanese leaders to elect a president without counting on foreign deals to help them choose a new head of state and accused Hezbollah of harming Lebanon's stability over its role in Syria.The Lebanese Army confirmed it had arrested a key ISIS commander in the military's latest crackdown on Islamist militants threatening to destabilize Lebanon.However, Hale's remarks sharply contrast with previous statements made by Machnouk, Speaker Nabih Berri and other Lebanese politicians who have argued that a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which back opposing sides in Lebanon, was essential to facilitate the election of a president.Hale promised continued U.S. military support for the Lebanese Army in its ongoing battle against terrorism, warning Lebanon still faced serious security threats from Syria-based jihadis.The spillover of terrorism and extremism from Syria is not over," Hale said in the statement released by the U.S. Embassy.He accused Hezbollah of harming Lebanon's stability over its role in Syria and of violating the government's disassociation policy toward the conflict. The U.S. ambassador praised the role of the Lebanese Army and security forces in defending Lebanon against the threat of terrorism.
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