BEIRUT: United States Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly voiced Friday her country’s concern over the security situation in Lebanon in light of the developments in Syria, a statement by the ambassador said.
“The United states remains concerned that developments in Syria not contribute to instability in Lebanon,” Connelly said following a meeting with Lebanon’s Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi.
The ambassador also urged all parties to exercise restraint and respect for Lebanon’s security and stability.
Lebanon's political parties are divided over the nearly two-year crisis in the neighboring country.
While the Hezbollah led-March 8 alliance defends Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the March 14 coalition support the opposition and the rebels’ uprising against the regime.
Connelly hailed the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces to maintain calm in Lebanon, and reiterated her country’s support for the Army.
“The United States recognizes the importance of the [LAF role], in serving as Lebanon’s sole legitimate defense force, to secure Lebanon’s borders and defend the sovereignty and independence of the state,” said the statement.