Hariri and Lebanese delegation meet U.S. senators in Washington. (The Daily Star, Dalati & Nohra HO)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri is set to hold crucial talks with U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday centering on the Syrian refugee crisis, military aid to the Lebanese Army and fresh sanctions against Hezbollah, during an official visit reflecting Washington's "positive" stance on Lebanon, Future Movement officials said Monday.On the eve of his meeting with Trump at the White House, Hariri said that Lebanon was facing many challenges, most importantly security and the Syrian refugee crisis as a result of the spillover of the 6-year-old war in Syria. Chris Brose, staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed Hariri, stressing the importance of this meeting with which the premier kicked off his talks in Washington, the statement said.Hariri saluted U.S. Sen. John McCain, the committee's chairman, and stressed the importance of strengthening Lebanese-American relations, it added. Hariri, who arrived in Washington Saturday, will also meet with other U.S. officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, members of the Congress, as well as senior officials from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.Both laws need to be signed by President Michel Aoun and Hariri before they can be published in the Official Gazette and go into effect.
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