Lebanon News

White House official arrives in Beirut

BEIRUT: U.S. Coordinator for Middle Eastern Affairs Philip Gordon arrived to Lebanon Monday, a source at the Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport told The Daily Star.

Gordon was appointed in March as special assistant to the president and coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf.

A delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut welcomed the official upon his arrival from Cairo at the airport. Gordon has served as assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs since 2009.

Earlier Monday, U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly met General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.

According to a U.S. Embassy statement, Connelly and Ibrahim discussed the security situation in Lebanon, General Security assistance to the embassy in ensuring the welfare of U.S. citizens in Lebanon, and other regional issues. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 14, 2013, on page 3.




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