Lebanon News

Visiting U.S. official highlights military ties with Lebanon

President Michel Sleiman Meets US.Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Matthew Spence. 1/25/2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra/HO)

BEIRUT: United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy Matthew Spence highlighted Friday the strong military cooperation between his country and Lebanon, emphasizing that the Lebanese Army was the “sole legitimate” force defending Lebanon, the U.S. embassy said.

The visiting U.S. official underscored the Department of Defense’s continuing joint effort to strengthen the capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces, “recognizing its importance, as Lebanon’s sole legitimate defense force, in securing Lebanon’s borders and defending the sovereignty and independence of the state.”

Spence held separate talks with President Michel Sleiman, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Jean Kahwagi, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly, United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon Commander Major General Paolo Serra, and other senior Lebanese military officials.

In his meetings, Spence discussed Lebanon’s political and security situation and regional issues, the embassy said in a statement.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 26, 2013, on page 2.




Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here