Foreign Minister Hitti and I just had a positive meeting in which we reinforced the importance of the bilateral relationship to each country.
Among the issues we discussed was the recent court ruling. We turned the page on this unfortunate distraction so we can all focus on the real crisis at hand, which is the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon. The United States stands ready and will continue to help the Lebanese people as the government takes the necessary steps to address the underlying causes.
We value our cooperation to advance our many shared interests and mutual objectives, especially in these difficult times.
I can assure you that ours is a strong bilateral relationship that will continue to benefit the people of both countries.