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U.S. calls on Syria to respect Lebanon’s territorial integrity

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman receives U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly at Baabda Palace on Monday, July 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly called on Syria Monday to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to a statement by the U.S. embassy.

During her meeting with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace, the U.S. envoy also voiced expressed concern over “recent cross-border shelling into northern Lebanon and expressed her condolences for the deaths of Lebanese civilians,” the statement said.

Two people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed in north Lebanon over the weekend in separate incidents of shelling from the Syrian side of the border. Ten people were wounded as a result of the shelling.

The statement quoted Connelly as reiterating her government’s worry that the crisis in Syria may negatively affect Lebanon.

“The ambassador underscored that the U.S. remains concerned that developments in Syria not contribute to instability in Lebanon,” the statement said.

Talks between Connelly and Sleiman also touched on the political situation in the country and events in the region.

Connelly renewed her government’s commitment to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon, according to the statement.





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