U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) walks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) at the State Department July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri wound up a five-day official visit to Washington Friday by calling on U.S. authorities to spare Lebanese banks from new tough sanctions on Hezbollah planned by Congress.Discussions with the two senators focused on the legislation related to Lebanon being studied by Congress, a statement issued by Hariri's office said, referring to the anti-Hezbollah sanctions.Kevin McCarthy, House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Ed Royce and Rep. Liz Cheney.During his official visit, which he began Monday, Hariri has met with U.S. President Donald Trump and other senior officials with talks focusing on combating terrorism, the Syrian refugee crisis, military aid to the Lebanese Army and sanctions against Hezbollah, which Washington brands a "terrorist organization". Hariri said he was confident that the U.S. would continue its aid for the Lebanese Army in the fight against terrorism.Separately, President Michel Aoun reaffirmed Lebanon's commitment to the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, accusing Israel of violating Lebanese airspace and occupying Lebanese territory in a breach of the resolution.
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