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Connelly: U.S., Lebanon partners in rejecting terrorism

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: United States Ambassador Maura Connelly reiterated her country’s commitment to Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty Wednesday saying Lebanon and the U.S. were partners in rejecting terrorism. Speaking at a reception to mark the July 4 celebrations, the ambassador said the U.S. works hard to “keep its democracy vibrant and to defeat the tyrant, so too does Lebanon struggle with its own democratic processes and with its own threatened tyranny.”

“The United States stands united with the state of Lebanon as an ally in democracy, steadfast together in the rejection of terrorism,” Connelly told her guests.

“We remain committed to Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence and stability because in a truly sovereign Lebanon, in a truly independent Lebanon, in a truly stable Lebanon, terrorism in Lebanon will not thrive,” she said.

Connelly explained that Wednesday’s reception was her last one in Beirut as she would be leaving later this summer to take up a new assignment in Washington.

“It has been an honor for me to serve as the U.S. ambassador to this incredibly complicated, delightfully charming, breathtakingly beautiful country,” she said in reference to Lebanon.

Connelly praised her colleagues and the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, describing them as “a deeply committed and highly talented team whose hard work has made this embassy extremely effective.”

“Because of terrorism, we live and work in very restricted circumstances but by being here, by doing our jobs, by reaching out to people, by speaking out clearly, we at this embassy – together with our Lebanese colleagues and our friends – defy the tyranny of terrorism every day,” she concluded.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 04, 2013, on page 3.

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