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U.S. voices concern over Tripoli fighting

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, right, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly expressed Tuesday her country's concern over the security situation in Tripoli, north Lebanon, after three days of clashes left at least seven dead and 100 wounded.

"The Ambassador expressed the United States’ concern with the security situation in Tripoli and commended the government’s efforts to defuse the situation. She expressed the United States’ sincere condolence for the loss of life," a statement released by the embassy said.

Connelly's remarks came following a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati at his office at the Grand Serail.

She renewed Washington's commitment to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

Connelly and Mikati also discussed areas of cooperation between the two countries and regional events.

Gunbattles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad broke out Saturday night following the controversial arrest of Islamist Shadi Mawlawi.

Mawlawi was charged Monday with belonging to an “armed terrorist group.”

The Lebanese Army deployed in Tripoli Tuesday to enforce a cease-fire and maintain security.





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