Fortune/ State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications for the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.  This public-private partnership, conducted in coordination with Fortune Most Powerful Women, provides mentoring for emerging women leaders from around the world by connecting emerging international women leaders with mentors from Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women. Fortune’s Most Powerful ...
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CDA White Welcomes New USP Scholars at LAU

Charge d’Affaires Edward White joined Lebanese American University (LAU) President Dr. Joseph Jabbra in welcoming 66 new scholarship recipients through the USAID-funded University Scholarship Program (USP).  Through USP, USAID supports talented Lebanese public school graduates with full four-year scholarships that include tuition fees, housing expenses, textbooks, and a monthly stipend.  As part of their program, ...
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Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Director Vayl Oxford’s Visit to Lebanon

On October 16, 2018, the DTRA Director, Vayl Oxford, met with the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, to discuss both border and maritime security.  In partnership with the both Lebanese Army and the United Kingdom, the United States is proud to outfit and train Lebanese border units with state-of-art surveillance capabilities ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grant Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting project proposals for the 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large grant competitions.  The application deadline is Sunday, November 18, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funds and an approved financial plan. ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grant Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting project proposals for the 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large grant competitions.  The application deadline is Sunday, November 18, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funds and an approved financial plan. ...
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OPIC Corporation Supports Private Investment in Lebanon

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) officials visited Lebanon October 2-3 to promote U.S. investment in the region and meet with business partners.  Since 1981, OPIC has supported private investment in Lebanon with loans, guaranties, and political risk insurance.  Over its history, OPIC has committed $362 million to activities in Lebanon and currently has an active ...
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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program in Lebanon

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for high school students (14-16 years old) to spend one academic year in the United States. The program is crucial for expanding communication between the peoples of the United States and Lebanon to promote mutual understanding and respect. ...
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2019 MEPI Student Leaders Program

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program is a fully-funded intensive leadership training program in the United States for students between the ages of 20-24. The Student Leaders program is a rigorous leadership program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students are divided among U.S. ...
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11th International Conference of Arab Beekeepers Union and 10th Conference, Beekeeping Federation of Mediterranean Countries

Following are remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Edward White, at the opening ceremony of the 11th International Conference of Arab Beekeepers Union, and the 10th Conference of the Beekeeping Federation of Mediterranean Countries. Good morning, General Roukoz, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.  I am delighted to be here with you today to celebrate the opening ...
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Inauguration of U.S. Funded Model Prison Building at ISF Training Academy

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut inaugurated a U.S. -funded Model Prison Building at the ISF Training Academy.  The model prison will provide a realistic training environment for ISF officers responsible for the Lebanese corrections system. At the inauguration, Chargé ...
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DCM White Remarks TWE Program Graduation Ceremony

Thank you very much Ms. Yaghi.  Welcome everyone.  I am pleased to be here today to celebrate two very important milestones: your graduation from an intensive 6 month course of English, and the tenth anniversary of the TWE program.  Your completion of these English language courses—along with the cultural and community service activities, and exchanges ...
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United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray Visits Lebanon

Today, FBI Director Christopher Wray visited Lebanon to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the Lebanese-American partnership. Director Wray, accompanied by Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard, met with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, among other senior Lebanese officials. They discussed issues relating to the close law enforcement and ...
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Lieutenant General Michael Garrett’s Visit to Lebanon

On September 19, 2018, the Commander of United States Army Central, Lieutenant General Michael Garrett, met with the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, and visited the Air Assault Regiment, to discuss Lebanon’s integration of 32 U.S.-provided Bradley Fighting Vehicles into its forces. The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is the most advanced combat ...
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2019 Fulbright Junior Faculty Development

Deadline: December 3, 2018 Program Information: The 2019 Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program will bring young professors from Lebanon to the United States for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities in the fields of TEFL/Linguistics and Economic Development and Entrepreneurship from June 30 through September 8, 2019.  During this 10 week program, professors will ...
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Ambassador Richard Celebrated the Delivery of Five New Electrical Transmission Stations to Arsal

Good morning and thank you really everyone for being with us today. Mr. Mayor, Members of the Arsal Municipal council, Representatives of Electricite du Liban, and especially our partners at the Rene Moawad Foundation — [MP] Michel [Moawad] it is great to be with you — and our other distinguished guests. I am very pleased ...
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Press Conference Commemorating the Repatriation of a Middle Bronze Age Axe

Today, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard commemorated, at the Beirut National Museum, the return to Lebanon of an ancient axe dating to the Middle Bronze Age (2200-2000 B.C.). The “Bronze Axe” will be displayed permanently at the Beirut National Museum. In her remarks, Ambassador Richard highlighted U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) efforts to locate and ...
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The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2019 – 2020

Deadline: December 3, 2018 The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Lebanese scholars may seek affiliations with U.S. institutions of higher learning for a period ...
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Winter 2019 (FY2018) Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the U.S. National Security Policymaking Program as part of the Study of the United States Institutes. The program is a post-graduate academic seminar that provides scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. national security policy.  The program ...
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Major General Michael Langley, USCENTCOM Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, Visits Lebanon

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEIRUT LEBANON August 18, 2018 Media Notice For Immediate Release Major General Michael Langley, USCENTCOM Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, Visits Lebanon Major General Michael Langley, United States Central Command Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy, visited Lebanon from August 15 to 18. Major General Langley’s is ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

‎At Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s invitation, he and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met privately today in Washington.  They discussed UN progress on forming a constitutional committee.  Secretary Pompeo and Special Envoy de Mistura agreed that all parties needed to move ahead on the political track and that any discussion of reconstruction ...
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Ambassador Richard Attends Inauguration of AFCP Project at Eshmun Temple

Today, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard took part in the inauguration ceremony organized by the Ministry of Culture marking the completion of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation project to rehabilitate the Eshmun Temple site. In her remarks, Ambassador Richard highlighted the close collaboration between the U.S. and the Lebanese governments to preserve Lebanon’s cultural heritage.  ...
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The National Conference: Study on “Women’s Participation in Public Life”

The National Conference to Present the Study on“Women’s Participation in Public Life,” a Project on “Encouraging Marginalized Voices in the Lebanese Political Process” Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut July 26, 2018 Thank you very much and good Morning everyone.  Your Excellency, Minister Jean Ogassabian, State Minister for Women’s Affairs, Members of the Parliament and their representatives, ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil

Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Deputy Secretary Sullivan met today in Washington, D.C., with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, on the sidelines of the International Religious Freedom Ministerial. They discussed Lebanon’s ongoing government formation process and the U.S. government’s strong concerns over the role of Hizballah ...
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United States Provides 100 School Buses to Lebanese Public Schools

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson today delivered 100 school buses provided by USAID to public schools in 24 districts nationwide in the presence of Minister of Education and Higher Education Marwan Hamade.  Starting academic year 2018-2019, this $4.6 million donation will provide access to ...
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Inauguration of the rehabilitated hiking trails and announcement of the scientific age of the olive oil centennial trees, Municipality of Bchaaleh

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Edward White Good morning Minister Bassil, Bishop Khairallah, Messrs. Lahoud, Geagea, Khoury, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  I am delighted to be with you here today in this beautiful region to inaugurate the Bchaaleh (B-cha’ali) rehabilitated hiking trails and to be in the presence of these spectacular olive trees.   ...
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2019 Fulbright Foreign English Teachers Program

The 2019 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program is now accepting applications.  This fellowship offers early career teachers, professionals in related fields, and graduate students the opportunity to study English at a U.S. college or university while also working as an Arabic teaching assistant.  The best candidates are early career English teachers or professionals ...
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U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard Attends Handover Ceremony for a New Secure Digital Radio System for the ISF

U.S. Ambassador Richard participated on July 6 in the official handover ceremony for a new $9 million secure digital radio system for the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF). This system includes over 2,700 handheld and vehicle mounted radios, as well as a secure system of base stations and communications relays to provide widespread network coverage. ...
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Independence Day Remarks by Ambassador Richard

Ambassador Richard Independence Day Remarks July 3, 2018 Thank you very very much everyone for being here. And I really want to specially say thank you to our National anthem singers – that was beautiful – thank you so much. I thank everyone today for joining us to celebrate American Independence Day.  In particular, also ...
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The United States Delivers Four A-29 Super Tucano Aircrafts to the LAF

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard spoke on Tuesday June 12 at the Hamat Air Base on the occasion of the delivery of four A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts to the Lebanese Armed Forces. Good afternoon.  General Aoun, Major General Shreim, General Haykal, our brothers and sisters in the LAF and the air force and dear guests. It is ...
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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks Tomorrow’s Leaders AUB Graduation

Thank you very much, it is nice to see everybody and thank you very much for coming out on a Saturday.  I think it is really important that we have the opportunity to spend a few minutes with you as Tomorrow’s Leaders graduates because you are so special to us at the U.S. Embassy, but ...
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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks Tomorrow’s Leaders LAU Graduation

Class of 2018 graduates, parents, LAU President Jabra, LAU Vice President Dr. Salem, LAU faculty and staff, I am honored to be with you today to mark this joyous occasion.  In my opinion, of all the things we do as the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy here, the Tomorrow’s Leaders program is one of ...
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) led a Congressional delegation that concluded a one-day visit to Lebanon on Monday.  The delegation’s meetings with Prime Minister Hariri, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun, and UNIFIL Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza focused on security cooperation between the United States and Lebanon.  The delegation also visited the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Elizabeth Richard at the Startup Lebanon 2018 Launch Event

Thank you, Salim (Zenni- President of the American-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce), for that introduction. It is a pleasure to be here today and to support the American-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce.  We have enjoyed a strong partnership with the AmCham for over twenty years.  Together, we have a fruitful history of advocating for and encouraging increased ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Elizabeth Richards Opening of the Ashrafieh Police Station

Minister Mashnouk, Minister Pharaon, Director General Osman, it’s very nice to see you here today, everyone, all our friends and colleagues, especially those who will be working in this very building.  It gives me great pleasure to join you this morning for the re-opening of the Ashrafieh Community Police Station. This location represents much more ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Attends Inauguration of Refurbished Ashrafieh Community Policing Station

U.S. Ambassador Richard participated on May 22 in the inauguration ceremony for the newly refurbished police station in Ashrafieh.  For this project, the U.S. Embassy worked with the ISF to convert the existing location into a new community policing station, focused on direct engagement with the local community.  Minister of Interior Nouhad al-Mashnouq, Director General ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel Visits Lebanon

On April 20, 2018, the Commander of United States Central Command General Joseph Votel met with President Michel Aoun, President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri, and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard. In his meetings, General Votel reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to ...
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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks on 35th Anniversary of the Embassy Bombing

Thank you everybody and especially friends and family here with us today. Every year, we do this ceremony. Today is a special occasion as it marks the 35th anniversary of the loss of 52 of our colleagues in a terrorist attack against our embassy. Those 52 American and Lebanese colleagues were our friends, co-workers, and ...
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Briefing by Secretary Mattis on U.S. Strikes in Syria

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS: Well, good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime. On April 7th, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous, disregard for international law, by using chemical weapons to murder ...
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Statement by Secretary James N. Mattis on Syria

Good evening. As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime. On April 7th, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous disregard for international law by using chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents. We and our allies ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Lebanon

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2018 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Lebanon I send my greetings to those who participated in the April 6 “CEDRE” Investment Conference on Lebanon and the Lebanese people. Lebanon is a country facing countless challenges, including an unprecedented influx of ...
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ARCENT Deputy Commander Concludes Visit to Lebanon

U.S. Army Central (ARCENT) Deputy Commander Major General Terrence J. McKenrick concluded his visit to Lebanon.  During his visit, he met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Joseph Aoun and other senior LAF officials, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth H. Richard. In his meetings, Major General McKenrick renewed the U.S. government’s commitment ...
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CDA Edward White Speech at American Community School of Beirut (ACS) Solar Energy Celebration

Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to day to speak to you about renewable energy and the partnerships between the U.S. Embassy, ACS, and Lebanon.  I am happy to be here today on behalf of Ambassador Richard on this special occasion to celebrate your success in implementing solar technology. I want to say ...
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Conference in Support of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2018   The United States today renewed its support for two of Lebanon’s vital national institutions, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF), in Rome at the conference in support of Lebanese state security services. U.S. delegate and Senior Bureau Official for ...
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U.S. Embassy Completes Delivery of New Prisoner Transport Vehicles to the ISF

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEIRUT LEBANON March 9, 2018 Media Notice For Immediate Release U.S. Embassy Completes Delivery of New Prisoner Transport Vehicles to the ISF On March 8, the United States Embassy in Beirut delivered six new prisoner transport vehicles to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF). With the delivery of ...
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USAID Counselor Thomas Staal Visits USAID Projects in Lebanon

On March 1 and 2, 2018, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Counselor Thomas H. Staal visited Lebanon.  Formerly a Mission Director at USAID/Lebanon and now senior USAID official, Staal visited projects in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, where he met beneficiaries and saw first-hand the impact of $345 million of assistance provided by USAID/Lebanon since 2015. Staal and Acting ...
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Press Availability With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Grand Serail Beirut, Lebanon February 15, 2018   PRIME MINISTER HARIRI: I’ll speak in English, so — SECRETARY TILLERSON: Okay. PRIME MINISTER HARIRI: I welcome Secretary Tillerson to Lebanon and thank him for the excellent discussion we had earlier. His visit is a clear testimony of the United States commitment to Lebanon’s political and economic ...
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The United States Continues Military Deliveries to the Lebanese Army

Over the last week the United States has delivered ammunition, grenade launchers, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles valued at more than $11.7 million to the Lebanese Armed Forces.  On February 1, the LAF received two hundred MK-19 Automatic Grenade Launchers.  On February 3, the United States delivered eight new Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the LAF, part ...
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Ambassador Elizabeth Richard Attends Ceremony at the Beirut National Museum for the Repatriation of Archaeological Artifacts

Today, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard took part in the ceremony organized by the Ministry of Culture celebrating the repatriation of five archaeological artifacts to be displayed permanently at the Beirut National Museum In her remarks, Ambassador Richard highlighted the close collaboration between the U.S. and the Lebanese governments to successfully recover the artifacts and return ...
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USAID Supports the North Lebanon Water Establishment with $2.8 Million Infrastructure Works to Improve Water Services in Koura

Building on its long-term assistance to the water sector, the United States government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the North Lebanon Water Establishment with water infrastructure works valued at $2.8 million in the Caza of Koura.  The works, implemented by the USAID-funded Lebanon Water Project (LWP), include the redesign ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports “Empowering Lebanese Entrepreneurs – ELE” MEPI-Funded Project

On January 24, 2018, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Edward White attended the closing ceremony of “Empowering Lebanese Entrepreneurs” (ELE), an initiative that trained and mentored a total of 50 Lebanese entrepreneurs.  The “Empowering Lebanese Entrepreneurs” project was funded by the U.S. Embassy Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Office’s Local Grant Program, and was ...
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Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea Visits Lebanon

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEIRUT, LEBANON January 23, 2018 Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea Visits Lebanon Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea visited Lebanon January 22-23, 2018 to discuss combating illicit finance, including financing of Hizballah’s terrorist and trafficking activities. During the visit, ...
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Ambassador Richard Hosts 32 Lebanese Municipalities Receiving USAID Assistance in 2018  

Today, Ambassador Richard hosted at the U.S. Embassy, leaders of the 32 municipalities selected to receive United States assistance to implement community development projects in 2018.  The new set of selected projects was announced during a public event at Le Gray Hotel on January 17.  These projects from all over Lebanon will be implemented with ...
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U.S. NAVCENT Commander Visits Lebanon

Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), visited Lebanon January 11, 2018.  As the NAVCENT Commander, Vice Admiral Aquilino is responsible for conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthening partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel’s Visit to Lebanon

On December 13, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard and the Commander of United States Central Command General Joseph Votel met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Minister of Defense Yaacoub el-Sarraf, and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun, and visited the Lebanese Military Academy to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the Lebanese-American partnership ...
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Statements by Ambassador Richard and General Votel Following Meeting With Prime Minister Saad Hariri

US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard and Commander of the U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, met Prime Minister Saad Hariri.  Following are Ambassador Richard and General Votel’s statements following the meeting: Ambassador Richard: “I am very pleased to have General Votel, the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, returning to Beirut, here with us today. We ...
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Ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon

Paris, 8 December 2017 – Joint Statement – A meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG), chaired by the United Nations and France and attended by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, was held in Paris on 8 December. China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, the League ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens (08 December 2017)

U.S. Embassy Beirut is aware that several groups have announced public protests following the U.S. announcement of a new policy with regard to the status of Jerusalem.  Demonstrations have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Beirut reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens (08 December 2017)

U.S. Embassy Beirut is aware that several groups have announced public protests following the U.S. announcement of a new policy with regard to the status of Jerusalem.  Demonstrations have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Beirut reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  We urge U.S. citizens to ...
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Secretary Tillerson Participation in ISG on Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will participate in the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon ministerial on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Paris, France. The Secretary’s participation in the ISG demonstrates the United States’ strong support for the sovereignty, stability, and independence of the Republic of Lebanon and of its political institutions. Secretary Tillerson ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Lebanon National Day

On behalf of the American people, I wish to pass along my warmest regards and congratulations to the people of Lebanon on the anniversary of your independence on November 22. The United States looks forward to strengthening its friendship and cooperation with Lebanon as we work together to pursue our common goals and advance Lebanon’s ...
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National Day Message for Lebanon from President Trump

Dear Mr. President: The American people and I take pleasure in conveying our best wishes as the people of Lebanon commemorate the 74th anniversary of your nation’s independence on November 22. The United States greatly values the enduring cultural, familial, political, and economic ties between our people and our countries. Lebanon has been a strong ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Delivers Remarks at Beirut Art Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Edward White took part in the opening ceremony of the Beirut Art Film Festival (BAFF).  U.S. Embassy Beirut is supporting the screenings of six art documentaries, which highlight different aspects of U.S. culture. Screenings will occur at the Metropolis Cinema Sofil, Achrafieh and in various universities across Lebanon, from November 14, ...
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Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Political Situation in Lebanon

Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Political Situation in Lebanon The United States calls upon all states and parties to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, and constitutional processes. In this sensitive time, the United States also rejects any efforts by militias within Lebanon or by any foreign forces to threaten Lebanon’s stability, undermine ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Situation in Lebanon

The United States strongly supports the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Lebanon and of its political institutions. The United States urges all parties both within Lebanon and outside to respect the integrity and independence of Lebanon’s legitimate national institutions, including the Government of Lebanon and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
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U.S. Air Force Official Heidi Grant Visits Lebanon

Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA) Ms. Heidi Grant visited Lebanon from November 7-10.  Ms. Grant provides oversight and guidance for international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through political military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; and education and training.  Her portfolio includes Foreign Military Sales ...
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Joint Statement of the ISG for Lebanon following Meeting with President Aoun

Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon met this morning with President Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda. They discussed the situation in Lebanon following the announcement of the offer of resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. ISG members expressed their continuing concern regarding the situation and prevailing uncertainty in Lebanon. They ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Meets Army Commander General Joseph Aoun

Today, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard, accompanied by Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs Ms. Heidi Grant, met with LAF Commander Joseph Aoun to announce the U.S. Government’s reimbursement of $42.9 million for LAF Border Operations. The following are her remarks at the meeting: “Thank you General Aoun and thank you everybody for being ...
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AFCENT Commander Jeffrey Harrigian and Ambassador Elizabeth Richard Attend Delivery Ceremony at Hamat Air Base

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard spoke today at the Hamat Air Base on the occasion of the delivery of the first two A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts to the Lebanese Armed Forces. Following are Ambassador Richard’s remarks as delivered:   Good afternoon.  General Aoun, Air Force Central Commander General Harrigian, General Haykal, and distinguished guests. It is my ...
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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), led a Congressional delegation visit to Lebanon on October 27-29. Representative Thornberry was joined by Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC). During the visit, the delegation met with Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) General Joseph Aoun ...
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Ambassador Richard Visits USAID Projects in North Lebanon

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited two USAID-funded projects in North Lebanon on October 24 to see first-hand how USAID is helping Lebanese communities create jobs and deliver services for their residents. She visited olive orchards in Bchannine to see how farmers are using mechanical olive harvesters introduced by the USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain Initiative (LIVCD) ...
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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC), led a Congressional delegation visit to Lebanon on October 16-19.  Representative Frelinghuysen was joined by fellow HAC member, Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX).  During the visit, the delegation met with Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun.  They discussed the effectiveness of U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Inaugurates New Medical Facilities Supported by the USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

Deputy Chief of Mission Edward White visited the American University of Beirut Medical Center to celebrate the inauguration of a pathology laboratory and the Lebanese American University Rizk Hospital to celebrate the completion of a delivery and labor unit in the maternity ward.  Both facilities were renovated through grants by the USAID’s American Schools and ...
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Ambassadors of P5, EU, LAS and UN Meet President Michel Aoun

In a meeting this morning called by President Michel Aoun, the Ambassadors of France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, the League of Arab States and the United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in his capacity as Officer in Charge of UNSCOL, reaffirmed their strong support in assisting Lebanon ...
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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks Signing Ceremony between Loubnaniyoun and Ministry of Public Health

Your Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Hasbani; distinguished guests.  It is my sincere pleasure to join you today to witness the signing of this groundbreaking initiative between the Ministry of Public Health and the NGO Loubnaniyoun. We are here to launch the “Citizens’ Rights” project.  This initiative aims to improve citizens’ access ...
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CENTCOM Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Charles Brown’s Visit to Lebanon

On September 29, 2017, Deputy Commander of United States Central Command Lieutenant General Charles Brown met with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Minister of Defense Yaacoub el-Sarraf, and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the Lebanese-American partnership and support the Lebanese Armed Forces ...
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U.S. Government-Funded Justice Seminar Brings Academics and Lebanese Judiciary Together

Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard joined Chief Justice Jean Fahed, General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud, and a visiting delegation from Northeastern University —from Boston, Massachusetts — at the Justice Palace to launch a two-day seminar on justice. The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is hosting a seminar discussing alternatives to ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2017   President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at ...
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DCM White Remarks

DCM White Remarks 2017 Annual IMET Reunion September 22, 2017 General Shreim, General Rogers, distinguished Lebanese officers, colleagues, and friends, good evening. It is a pleasure for me to join you here to honor recent IMET graduates, and to celebrate the partnership between the United States Armed Forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces. The IMET ...
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Chargé d’Affaires White Honors Graduates of IMET Program

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Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict wherever they are, the United States today announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance.  State Department Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw made this announcement at the UN General Assembly.  It brings ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2373 renewing the mandate for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “The status quo for UNIFIL was not acceptable, and we did not accept it…This resolution demands that UNIFIL step up its efforts at ...
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New U.S. Government-Funded Biometrics Project Supports International Efforts to Counter Terrorism and Crime

Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard joined Minister of Interior Nouhad Machnouk and Internal Security Forces (ISF) Major General Imad Osman on August 18 to announce the latest phase of U.S. Government support for Lebanon’s security and stability. The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is funding a $5 million upgrade ...
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US Delivers Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the Lebanese Army

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution at Large Public Gatherings

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US Government Celebrates the Graduation of a New Class of Investors and Launches New Women-Owned Investment Fund

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Danny Hall celebrated today the graduation of twenty six Lebanese businessmen and women who completed a program on investment and finance methodologies to support start-up Lebanese enterprises.  The program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is being implemented by the Middle East and North ...
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On the occasion of the 241st anniversary of American independence, Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard hosted a ceremony on June 30, 2017 at the Faqra archaeological site in Kfardebian. The event was attended by Lebanese officials, members of Parliament, and Embassy partners in a variety of fields including civil society, academia, development, the arts, business, and ...
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Ambassador Richard Celebrates Lebanese High School Students Who Participate in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Scholarship Program

On June 29, 2017, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined 56 bright, energetic young Lebanese scholarship winners and their families for an American-style barbeque.   The students are all participants in the U.S. government’s Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Ambassador Richard welcomed back to Lebanon 26 YES students who recently returned from the United States and said ...
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Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling: Understanding the Difference

“Human trafficking” and “migrant smuggling” are two distinct crimes that often are erroneously conflated or referred to interchangeably.  Clarifying the differences between the two is critical to the development and implementation of sound government policies.  A key difference is that victims of trafficking are considered victims of a crime under international law; smuggled migrants are ...
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What is Trafficking in Persons?

Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, includes both sex trafficking and compelled labor.  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (TVPA), and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol) describe ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides $11.4 Million to Support Lebanese University Students for the Coming School Year

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard announced that the U.S. government, through USAID, will support at least 104 new scholarships to two Lebanese Universities for the coming school year.  Meeting with Presidents Dr. Fadlo Khuri of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Dr. Joseph Jabbra of the Lebanese American University, Ambassador Richard underscored continued U.S. Government support ...
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Ambassador Richard Honors 44 University Scholarship Program Graduates at AUB

Today, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited the American University of Beirut (AUB) to celebrate the graduation of 44 University Scholarship Program (USP) students.  Through USP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports talented Lebanese public school graduates with full four-year undergraduate scholarships that include tuition fees, housing expenses, medical insurance, textbooks, and a monthly ...
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Thank you Mr. Minister, and thank you all.  I’m so delighted to be here with my friend, his Excellency the Minister of Education.  The announcement today is the latest in the USG’s contributions to education in Lebanon.  Today it is a contribution of $30 million to UNICEF, for the education of children in Lebanon. The ...
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U.S. Government Provides $30 Million to Increase Access to Education in Lebanon

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard announced a USAID contribution of $30 million to the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon.  During a press conference today at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), she explained that this funding will support programs that provide education for vulnerable school-aged children.  It will be part of the ...
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U.S. Central Command Commander General Joseph L. Votel Statement at Dahr Al Jabl Overlook (Arsal, Lebanon)

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Your Excellency, the Prime Minister, Ms. Leila Serhan, General Manager of Microsoft for North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Pakistan, And to our many talented entrepreneurs with us today, Good morning and thank you for letting me be here today to celebrate your tremendous accomplishments.  I was so impressed talking with all of you this morning ...
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U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited Tripoli on Wednesday, May 3 to discuss the major issues concerning the citizens of Lebanon’s second largest city and to convey a message of strong U.S. support for efforts of these citizens to improve conditions for the residents of Tripoli.  In the course of her visit, Ambassador Richard met with ...
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United States Provides Border Security Equipment to Lebanese Armed Forces

On behalf of the United States, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard today presented over 1000 machine guns to the Lebanese Armed Forces as part of the LAF’s ongoing efforts to improve border security.  The equipment includes 800 heavy machine guns and another 320 crew-served weapons, adding to battle-tested equipment already in the hands of the LAF.  The ...
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On April 28, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Danny Hall presided over the final round of the U.S. government-funded “Bee A Good Citizen” spelling bee program organized in partnership with USPEaK.  17 students from grades 7 and 8, including Syrian refugees students enrolled in Lebanese public schools, participated in today’s final competition at the Baakline ...
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Senator Michael Bennet Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

A delegation headed by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) concluded a one-day visit to Lebanon today.  During the visit, the delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun to discuss the close relationship and security cooperation between the United States and Lebanon.  The delegation also visited the Bekaa Valley, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Beirut

In a demonstration of our enduring friendship and important bilateral partnership, today, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut, Lebanon. In her remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Richard said: “Breaking ground today on our New Embassy Compound is a strong message to the Lebanese people that ...
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DCM Danny Hall Promotes the Spirit of Volunteerism and Civic Engagement among USP Scholars at LAU

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Statement By The President On Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  ...
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U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard held a reception on March 14, to honor and showcase the positive contributions of Lebanese women in security and the rule of law, and to celebrate the dynamic, diverse, and positive roles that women play in society. The event brought together judges, prosecutors, members of the ISF, and representatives of international ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Inaugurates Hayati (My Life) Exhibit

American Deputy Chief of Mission Danny Hall inaugurated the Hayati (My Life) exhibit today at Club Minus 1 in Beirut. Speaking to a diverse audience that included NGO officials, artists, and the photographers and their families, he emphasized the importance of art in bringing people together, and the Embassy’s enthusiastic support for these kinds of ...
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Fake News About Visa Rule Changes

Reports of new countries being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are false. No new countries have been added, and Lebanon is not currently part of the Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. embassy warns against opening any emails, opening links or emails, or responding to any email or announcement purporting to have information ...
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Ambassador Richard Launches New Technical Assistance Program for 38 Municipalities

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth H. Richard today launched a two-year technical assistance program for 38 Lebanese municipalities and unions of municipalities, in the presence of municipal leaders from all Lebanese regions. During her remarks, Ambassador Richard emphasized that the United States Government has been a strong supporter of municipalities for decades; municipalities are critical ...
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The Anniversary of the Murder of Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri

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DHS statement: STATEMENT ON COUNTRIES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED FROM TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010 STATEMENT ON COUNTRIES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED FROM TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would like to clarify the classes of aliens affected by the 90-day temporary pause on travel, with case-by-base exceptions and waivers, as outlined in the President’s ...
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2018-2020 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications for the 2018-2020 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program, which covers a maximum of two years of graduate-level study at a university in the United States. starting in August 2018. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in honor of former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright and ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kaidanow Concludes Visit to Lebanon

Acting Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow concluded a one-day visit to Lebanon on January 25.  Her visit came as the United States continued its support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, including the delivery on Monday of an additional $3.2 million in equipment for ground troops.  Ambassador Kaidanow met with a range of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Caution in light of recent foiled suicide attack in Hamra

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Caution in light of recent foiled suicide attack in Hamra January 22, 2017 The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness in light of yesterday’s foiled suicide attack at a café on Hamra Street in downtown Beirut. The suspect was arrested by Lebanese security forces outside the ...
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High-Ranking Lebanese Police Officers Attend Leadership and Management Training in Louisville, Kentucky

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut is sponsoring a leadership and management training seminar for 19 high-ranking Lebanese police officials. The January 16-27 training will be conducted by the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, as part of the U.S. government’s efforts ...
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U.S. Ambassador Delivers Cessna Aircraft to Lebanese Armed Forces

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard participated in a ceremony to celebrate the delivery of an armed Cessna aircraft to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), highlighting the U.S. commitment to Lebanon’s security. Ambassador Richard said the U.S. is proud to deliver this Cessna, the third in the LAF air force, and she reaffirmed the ...
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Ambassador Richard Welcomes Formation of New Government

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard today welcomed the formation of a new government in Lebanon. “I want to personally congratulate Prime Minister Hariri and commend him on forming a government,” Ambassador Richard said. “We look forward to working with him and his government. The Lebanese people are facing many challenges, and they now have a government that can get to ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Visits the Bekaa Valley

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne W. Patterson traveled to the Bekaa Valley today. She visited a UNHCR Informal Tented Settlement on the outskirts of Zahle, highlighting U.S. humanitarian assistance to Lebanon and Syrian refugees. While there, she met with Syrian refugees, toured U.S. assistance projects, and received a briefing about ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Meets with Lebanese Leaders

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne W. Patterson continued her visit to Lebanon today. While in Lebanon, she has met with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Caretaker Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil, and Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Jean Kahwagi. ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Arrives in Lebanon

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne W. Patterson arrived in Lebanon today. She will meet with a range of Lebanese officials to discuss security, humanitarian, political, and economic issues and underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and institutions.
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United States Supports Rural Tourism at the Third National Rural Tourism Forum

On December 6, 2016, USAID Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson and Minister of Tourism, Mr. Michel Pharaon, inaugurated the third National Rural Tourism Forum at Le Royal Hotel, Beirut.  The forum, organized by Beyond Beirut and the USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project, brought together more than 100 experts and stakeholders from the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Honors 580 Lebanese High School Students for Their Study of English

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard recently honored 580 Lebanese high school students for completing 400 hours of English language instruction, as part of the U.S. State Department-funded English Micro-scholarship Program (Access). The Access program, which began in Lebanon in 2004, provides free English language training to 14 to 18 year-olds around the ...
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Ambassador Richard Visits the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) on December 2, highlighting the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting education in Lebanon. Ambassador Richard participated in a ceremony for USEK students who completed a U.S. Embassy-funded training program on social action initiatives. The program—Enhancing Youth Education and Community Cohesion Through Learning English—seeks ...
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Ambassador Richard Inaugurates Rehabilitation of Souk Marash

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard today celebrated the inauguration of the project to rehabilitate the Souk Marash in Bourj Hammoud, emphasizing U.S. commitment to communities most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. U.S. funding for the rehabilitation and restoration of Souk Marash will help enhance economic activity and livelihood, boost municipal services, and revive one of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visits the ISF Academy in Aramoun

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard met with the head of the ISF Training Academy, Brigadier General Ahmad Hajjar, on November 30.  They discussed the long-standing collaboration between the United States and Lebanon’s security services and the U.S. Government’s continued support of the training academy. While visiting the academy in Aramoun, Ambassador Richard viewed the facilities and ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Danny Hall at the first Table Olive Processing Facility in Jezzine

Good morning everyone.  I am very happy to be here today on this special occasion. I am happy to join all of the distinguished guests: The president of the Union of municipalities of Jezzine, Mr. Khalil Harfouch, the mayor of Roum Municipality Mr. Haddad, the mayor of Lebaa Fady Romanos, all our distinguished guests from ...
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United States Supports Farmers in Jezzine with New Table Olive Processing Facility

On November 18, 2016, Chargé d’Affaires Danny Hall celebrated the completion of the first Table Olive Processing Facility in Jezzine District (located in Roum village). The new facility was funded by USAID as part of the Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) program in partnership with the Union of Jezzine Municipalities. This ...
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2017 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders – Religious Pluralism in the U.S. Program

The U.S Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders – Religious Pluralism in the U.S. program. The program will take place in June and July of 2017 and will start with a four week academic residency that consists of a series of seminar discussions, ...
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United States Supports Entrepreneurs with New Venture Mentoring Program

On November 17, 2016, USAID Economic Growth Office Director Cybill Signer participated in the launch of the Confideo Venture Mentoring (Confideo VM) program at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut. This initiative falls under the Middle East and North Africa Investment Initiative (MENA II) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to help ...
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US, UK Meet with LAF Commander about Land Border Security Project

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter and United States Chargé d’Affaires Danny Hall joined the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Jean Kahwaji for a meeting today about the Land Border Security Project. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the on-going UK and US support for the LAF and the border project, including ...
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United States Supports Two-Year Educational Research in Lebanon

On November 8, 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson attended the launching event of the Research for Results (R4R) project at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in the presence of Director General of Education and Higher Education Fadi Yarak, Head of the Department for International ...
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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks at US Embassy Beirut’s Election Night Reception

Welcome everyone.  I’m so glad that you could join me tonight as we participate in one of the most important features of American democracy – the Presidential election. Elections are about the future.  They are about weighing continuity versus change, and choosing leaders we believe will advocate for policies that will improve our lives. We ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Attends Beirut Art Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Tonight, Deputy Chief of Mission Danny Hall took part in the opening ceremony of the Beirut Art Film Festival (BAFF) that will screen eight American art documentaries, in the presence of the Lebanese Minister of Culture, Raymond Araiji.  The festival will also screen three short documentaries, sponsored by U.S. Embassy Beirut, entitled “Zyara” (Visit), directed and ...
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With Support from USAID, 5000 Cedars planted in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve

More than 1,000 Participants Plant 5,000 Cedars in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve through USAID’s Support  Maaser El Chouf, November 6, 2016 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI), in partnership with the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Byblos Bank, and ...
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Remarks by the Ambassador in memory of the bombing of the Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut in 1983

Good afternoon and welcome to our guests. Thank you for joining us today to remember the sacrifice of so many brave men and women. Thirty three years ago, on October 23, 1983, 241 American marines, sailors, and soldiers died and 128 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Marine Corps barracks here in ...
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Ambassador Richard Attends Opening of Jabal Moussa Cultural Trail

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard participated in the opening ceremony for a new cultural trail at the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. The restoration of this historic trail was a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa, which received a $100 thousand grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Joins Teaching Women English Graduation Event

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Danny Hall participated September 25 in a graduation ceremony in Beirut for 420 participants of the Teaching Women English (TWE) program funded by the U.S. Department of State.  The U.S. has committed more than three million dollars to the Teaching Women English program since 2008, and nearly 8,000 women ...
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Ambassador Richard Welcomes New University Scholar Program Students

Today, US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard visited the Lebanese American University (LAU) Beirut campus to welcome 73 new students under the University Scholarship Program (USP).  Through USP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports public school graduates, selected through a merit-based process, with full four-year undergraduate scholarships that include tuition fees, housing ...
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Commander for Special Operations Command Central Command Visits Lebanon

Major General Darsie Rogers, Commander for Special Operations Command Central Command is visiting Lebanon September 21-23 to observe U.S. forces partnering with Lebanese Armed Forces and to meet with Lebanese military leaders. MG Rogers’ visit highlights the ongoing professional relationship between U.S. forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces and especially the strong degree of training ...
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U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard Visits Tripoli, Lebanon

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited Tripoli on September 18 to participate in a graduation ceremony for 450 participants of the Teaching Women English (TWE) program.  The TWE program provides women in rural areas with the opportunity to learn English and become active citizens in their communities, promoting the values of tolerance, moderation, and economic opportunity.  ...
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Joint Statement of the Ambassadors of France, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States and the UN

The Ambassadors of France, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon met this morning the Prime Minister Tammam Salam and reaffirmed their strong support for the continued stability and security of Lebanon. Ambassadors and the Special Coordinator commended the efforts of ...
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Ambassador Richard Kicks Off “Start Up Lebanon – Silicon Valley Roadshow”

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Startup Megaphone to kick off the “Start Up Lebanon – Silicon Valley Roadshow” at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut this afternoon.  The Silicon Valley Roadshow is a 1-week executive tour of San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Mountain View, California, featuring site visits and ...
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Under Secretary of State Shannon Concludes Visit to Lebanon

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon today.  During his visit, Under Secretary Shannon met with a range of representatives from Lebanon’s national and municipal institutions and engaged with the Lebanese people.  Under Secretary Shannon met with Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Gebran ...
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Under Secretary of State Shannon Visits Lebanon

Today, American Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. began a two-day visit to Lebanon during which he will meet with leaders of Lebanon’s national and municipal institutions and engage directly with the Lebanese people. Under Secretary Shannon delivered the following statement after his meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Votel Visits Lebanon

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel visited Lebanon today as part of a multi-stop tour of the Middle East.  General Votel met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Kahwagi and other key leaders of the Armed Forces.  He also observed Lebanese marine commando exercises at Amchit military base.  During his ...
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U.S. Military and Lebanese Armed Forces Conclude Joint Military Exercise

Today, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army concluded Resolute Response 2016, an annual, bilateral military exercise with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) involving explosive ordnance disposal, diving exercises, and maritime vessel visit, board, search and seizure procedures.  The exercise ran from August 8-17 at Jounieh Naval Base and included both land and ...
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America Delivers $50 Million in Humvees, Weapons, and Ammunition to the Lebanese Army

Today, American Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard presided over a major delivery of U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) at the Beirut Port.  The shipment, valued at $50 million, provides the LAF with an additional 50 armored Humvees, 40 Howitzer field artillery pieces, 50 MK-19 grenade launchers, and one thousand tons of ammunition,  ...
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CENTCOM Counternarcotics Policy Director Visits Lebanon

The Office of the Secretary of Defense’s (OSD) Policy Director for CENTCOM Counternarcotics, Mr. Bob Vierkant, visited Lebanon from July 31-August 3 to observe ongoing counternarcotics training for Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) units conducted by the United States.  Mr. Vierkant and the OSD delegation met with several LAF units who regularly conduct counternarcotics operations in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lebanon Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider ...
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U.S. Ambassador-Designate Elizabeth H. Richard Arrives in Lebanon

Media Notice For Immediate Release Ambassador-designate Elizabeth H. Richard arrived in Lebanon on July 11 following confirmation of her appointment by the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2016.  After her meeting with Foreign Minister Bassil today, Ambassador-designate Richard made the following statement: “I had the great honor to meet with Foreign Minister Bassil today, upon ...
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2017 Fulbright Foreign English Teachers Fellowship

The 2017 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program is now accepting applications.  This fellowship offers early career teachers, professionals in related fields, and graduate students the opportunity to study English at a U.S. college or university and to work as an Arabic teaching assistant.  The best candidates are early career English teachers or professionals ...
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US Embassy Sends Lebanese Delegates to 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon sponsored five delegates from Lebanon to join over 700 participants from 170 countries to open the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in California’s Silicon Valley. The three-day summit, which will take place from June 22 – 24, is an opportunity for inspiring investors to network with new colleagues and collaborate with ...
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CDA Richard H. Jones Swears in New USAID Mission Director to Lebanon

Yesterday, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Richard H. Jones administered the oath of office for Anne Patterson, the new Mission Director for Lebanon for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “I am excited to direct the USAID mission in Lebanon and demonstrate, through our work, that USAID is committed to a sovereign, stable, independent, and prosperous ...
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CDA Jones Observes Latest U.S. Military Assistance Delivery

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Richard H. Jones visited Beirut Air Base this morning to witness the latest of the continuing deliveries of U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).  Today, the United States provided sophisticated mapping equipment valued at more than $3.6 million that will improve the LAF’s ability to plot Lebanon’s terrain.  The ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Richard H. Jones’ Statement After His Meeting with Prime Minister Salam

Good afternoon everybody.  I’ve just had a very productive meeting with the Prime Minister and I wished him Ramadan Kareem and congratulated him on the successful completion of the municipal elections, which the United States views as very important for the restoration of democracy in Lebanon.  Some people believe that the chances for electing a ...
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CDA Jones Celebrates World Fair Trade Day

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Richard H. Jones participated in Fair Trade Lebanon’s fifth consecutive celebration of World Fair Trade Day this afternoon at St. Georges’ Covenant in Roumiyeh-Qleiyat.  The event, held under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon, celebrated Lebanon’s rural delights and traditions with activities such as cheese making, cow ...
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U.S. Embassy Trains 260 ISF Members on VIP Protection

Media Notice For Immediate Release The Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has trained 260 Internal Security Forces (ISF) members on “Protection Of National Leaders” skills over the last 10 months.  Yesterday Head of the ISF Academy Brigadier General Ahmad Hajjar, INL Beirut ...
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CDA Jones Celebrates LGBTI Rights as Human Rights

Media Notice For Immediate Release Today American Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Richard H. Jones hosted a reception in honor of “LGBTI Rights as Human Rights” at his residence at the U.S. Embassy.  In attendance were alumni of Embassy educational and cultural exchange programs, board members of non-profit organizations working on human rights issues, representatives from ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Richard H. Jones at the American Independence Day Celebration

As Prepared for Delivery  Thank you for joining us tonight as we celebrate American independence and the long-standing friendship between our two countries.  Thank you, Your Excellencies, Samir Mokbel and Ali Bazzi, for representing Presidents Berri and Salam tonight. Thank you, as well, to our sponsors, whose logos are displayed on the banner in the ...
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U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser Visits Lebanon

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser visited Lebanon on May 26-27 to discuss combating illicit finance.  During the visit, Assistant Secretary Glaser met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Nabih Berri, President of the Council of Ministers Tamam Salam, Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil, former Prime Minister, MP Saad ...
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U.S. Special Envoy for Energy Affairs Hochstein Visits Lebanon

The U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J. Hochstein visited Lebanon May 26 to discuss Lebanese and regional energy issues with senior officials. He met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Nabih Berri, President of the Council of Ministers Tamam Salam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Third Annual Travel Lebanon Exhibition

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard H. Jones attended the launch of the “Travel Lebanon” exhibition at the Beirut Hippodrome, organized by Hospitality Services with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.  The theme of this year’s third annual Travel Lebanon exhibition is “Promoting Internal Tourism ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop with the Central Bank

This morning, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard H. Jones and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh delivered opening remarks at the Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Central Bank.  The two-day event brings together representatives from Lebanon’s legal and security institutions and the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice ...
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U.S. Honors 54 University Scholarship Program Graduates at AUB

Today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard H. Jones visited the American University of Beirut (AUB) to celebrate the graduation of 54 University Scholarship Program (USP) students.  Through USP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports disadvantaged, yet talented Lebanese public school graduates with full four-year undergraduate scholarships that include tuition fees, housing expenses, ...
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U.S. Fulfills London Humanitarian Assistance Pledge

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Danny Hall met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail today.  He delivered the following remarks after the meeting:  Good afternoon everyone.  The Prime Minister and I just finished a productive discussion on a range of issues, including the international response to the refugee crisis.  During our meeting, I ...
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U.S. Embassy Inaugurates USAID-Funded Park & Events Space in Kousba

This afternoon, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Mission Director for Lebanon Ms. Carolyn Bryan representing U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Richard H. Jones attended the inauguration of a public park and events venue in Kousba, Koura district funded by the USAID Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) project, and implemented by the René ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates American Books to Zouk Mikael Youth and Cultural Center

On April 27, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones presented 250 books and educational resources to the Zouk Mikael Youth and Cultural Center.  Minister of Culture Rony Arayji and Mayor Nouhad Naufel also spoke to the assembled group of municipality leaders and scout troops. In his remarks, CDA Jones noted that “Mastery ...
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U.S. Government Officially Presents Motorcycles and Vehicles to the Internal Security Forces

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones presented 40 Harley Davidson motorcycles, four passenger vans, and five passenger buses to the Internal Security Forces (ISF) on Wednesday, April 27 at the ISF Mobile Forces premises in Dbayeh.  The ceremony took place in the presence of the Head of the ISF Mobile Forces ...
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CDA Jones Attends U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Spelling Bee Competition for Lebanese Students

On April 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones presided over the final round of the U.S. Embassy-funded “Bee A Good Citizen” spelling bee competition.  Twenty-one students from grades 7 and 8 participated in today’s final competition at the Baakline National Library, which determined the national winners and regional winners for the ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Votel Visits Lebanon

Today, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel visited Lebanon today as part of a multi-stop tour of the Middle East.  This is his first trip to the region since assuming his role as CENTCOM Commander on March 30, 2016.  In Lebanon, General Votel met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors #HackingExtremism Symposium on Countering Violent Extremist Messaging Online

On April 14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones launched the U.S. Embassy-sponsored #HackingExtremism: A Participatory Symposium on Countering Violent Extremism Online in collaboration with the Social Media Exchange (SMEX).  This three-day symposium is the first of its kind in Lebanon.  It brings together leaders from the Lebanese government, civil society, the private sector, ...
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U.S. Embassy Beirut hosts Waste-to-Energy Expert Thomas Henderson in Lebanon from April 6 to 10

Media Notice For Immediate Release The United States Embassy Beirut is hosting waste-to-energy expert Thomas Henderson as part of activities for Earth Day and in support of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Henderson is in Lebanon from April 6 to 10 to share his 37 years of experience in the field of waste management ...
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America Delivers Huey II Helicopters to the Lebanese Armed Forces

Today, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones marked America’s delivery of three Huey II helicopters to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) at the Beirut Air Base.  This latest delivery of U.S. military assistance, valued at $26 million, supports the modernization of the Lebanese Armed Forces airlift capacity and improves its ability to quickly ...
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CDA Jones’ Op-Ed: We Stand With Lebanon

OP-ED by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones: “We Stand with Lebanon” Lebanon has many friends, but America has been proud to be one of the most steadfast. Whether on the political, economic, or security front, America continues to assist the Lebanese people and Lebanese institutions to build a stable, secure, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports “NGOs are Stronger Together” Project

Media Notice For Immediate Release On March 24, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones attended the launch of “NGOs are Stronger Together” (NST), an initiative that brings together 60 Lebanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to foster stronger coordination, communication, and collaboration between the groups enabling them to shape a shared vision of civil society and ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches $65 Million Project to Support Lebanon’s Water Sector

On March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones launched a major new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project to support the water sector in Lebanon in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Water.  The five-year, $65 million Lebanon Water Project (LWP) will work with the four Regional Water ...
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Ambassadorial Nominee Elizabeth Richard’s Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am honored by President Obama’s decision to nominate me as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. If confirmed, I look forward to working closely with the Members of this Committee on achieving our policy objectives in Lebanon. ...
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America Invests in English Language Instruction for Public School Teachers

On March 4, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones celebrated the achievements of more than 2,500 public school teachers who completed English language training through the Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teacher Improvement (D-RASATI 2) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The English Language component of ...
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CDA Jones Tours Blue Line with UNIFIL Force Commander

Media Notice For Immediate Release On March 3, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones met with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano for a briefing at the UN Headquarters in Naqoura.  Jones toured the Blue Line and discussed with Portolano the current situation in the UNIFIL zone and the implementation of UN ...
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CDA Jones’ Remarks Following His Meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri

Media Notice For Immediate Release U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday, February 18.  Following is the statement Ambassador Jones gave after the meeting: ###  Good afternoon. Speaker Berri and I had a very productive meeting.  We discussed a range ...
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Joint US-UK visit to ISF Academy: Ongoing Partnership for Lebanon’s Stability

Media Notice For Immediate Release Today U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones with British Ambassador Designate Hugo Shorter visited the Internal Security Forces Academy in Aramoun.  They met with the Head of the ISF Academy, General Ahmad Hajjar, to discuss plans for the use of the academy and strategic planning for ...
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CDA Jones Meets with Prime Minister Tammam Salam

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones met on February 8, 2016 with Prime Minister Tammam Salam. Following is the statement Ambassador Jones gave after the meeting: ### Good afternoon everyone, The Prime Minister and I just finished a fruitful discussion about his participation in the London conference last February 4 as you know. ...
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CDA Jones Meets with Defense Minister Mokbel

Media Notice For Immediate Release Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones met on February 4, 2016 with Defense Minister Samir Mokbel as part of his meetings with various Ministries to reiterate the United States’ commitment to a strong partnership with the Lebanese people. Following is the statement Ambassador Jones gave after the meeting: ...
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CDA Jones Meets with Interior Minister Machnouk

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones met today with Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk as part of his meetings with various Ministries to reiterate the United States’ commitment to a strong partnership with the Lebanese people and ask about his ministry’s plans for organizing the municipal elections.  The U.S. government looks forward to this ...
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CDA Jones Celebrates the Launch of University Scholarship Program (USP) VII at Lebanese American University (LAU)

Media Notice For Immediate Release U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones celebrated the launch of USAID University Scholarship Program (USP) VII at a reception this afternoon at the Lebanese American University (LAU).  The USP has provided merit-based scholarships for approximately 600 students to study at top American-style universities such as the American ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Austin Visits Lebanon

Media Notice For Immediate Release U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III visited Lebanon today and met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Kahwagi.  In his meeting, General Austin reiterated the confidence of the United States in the capabilities of the LAF, noting that just as the LAF continues to ...
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CDA Jones Celebrates Completion of MENTOR Project to Strengthen Civil Society

At a ceremony today at Saint Joseph University’s Science Campus, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Ambassador Richard Jones celebrated the completion of the three and half -year Middle East-North Africa CSO Training and Organizational Development Response (MENTOR) project to support and develop the capacity of Lebanese civil society organizations (CSOs).  The MENTOR project is a ...
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CDA Jones Announces $37.5 Million Expansion of University Scholarship Program

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard Jones announced an additional $37.5 million to fund university education for public high school graduates from across Lebanon through the USAID University Scholarship Program (USP) at a reception this morning at the American University of Beirut (AUB).  The USP has provided merit-based scholarships for approximately 1,000 students to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Lebanon (December 11, 2015)

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing safety and security concerns. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks.  This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on May 29, 2015. Sudden ...
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Ambassador Announces USAID Funding for 42 New Municipal Development Projects

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard Jones announced the 42 new municipal-led local development projects that will receive in-kind assistance from the USAID-funded Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) program at a launch ceremony today in Dbayeh.  The BALADI program assists municipalities through the provision of in-kind competitive grants and technical ...
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BALADI Project Celebrates the Completion of the Ainata Cold Storage Activity

Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Richard Jones spoke at the completion of the Ainata Cold Storage activity on December 5, 2015. The Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Caritas Lebanon, sponsored the Ainata Cold Storage, one of a series of ...
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Thanksgiving Message to the Lebanese People

Ambassador Richard Jones, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. It is a time to gather family and close friends to give thanks for all of our blessings. I am thankful this year to have the opportunity to return to Lebanon. Lebanon was my first assignment as Ambassador, and it will forever ...
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CDA Jones Meets Interior Minister Machnouk

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard Jones met today with Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk as part of his courtesy meetings with various ministers. Following is the statement Ambassador Jones gave after the meeting: ### Well I don’t have any big statements, but I just had a very nice meeting.  It is part of my round ...
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President Obama’s Message to Prime Minister Salam On the Occasion of Lebanon’s Independence Day

On the occasion of the Lebanon’s Independence Day, U.S. President Barack Obama sent Prime Minister Tammam Salam the following message: Dear Mr. Prime Minister: Please accept my sincere congratulations, as well as those of the American people, to you and the people of Lebanon on the anniversary of Lebanon’s Independence. November 22 was the day ...
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CDA Jones Attends ISF Training Graduation

Today, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Ambassador Richard Jones attended the graduation ceremony of 40 members of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) from the “Protection of National Leaders” training program. This training, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is designed to further enhance the operational skills ...
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AFCENT Commander Lt. General Brown Visits Lebanon

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., U.S. Central Command Combined Forces Air Component Commander and Air Forces Central commander, visited Lebanon on November 16-17 as part of a regional visit.  In Lebanon, Lt. Gen. Brown met with the Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Jean Kahwagi.  In their meeting, they discussed security threats facing Lebanon, especially in ...
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U/S Gottemoeller Visits LMAC Mine Detection Dog Facility

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller visited Lebanon on November 12 for meetings on regional security, security cooperation, and humanitarian mine action. She met with Prime Minister Tamman Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi. As part of her visit, she also toured ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Richard Jones’ Arrival in Lebanon

Embassy Beirut is pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Richard Jones, who has assumed the duties of Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Ambassador Jones will help fill a transition period until the nomination and confirmation of an ambassador. Ambassador Jones has deep experience serving in the region, including as ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Hale Marking the Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Barracks Bombing in Beirut

-Delivered at an internal U.S. Embassy Beirut ceremony- Good morning everyone.  Thank you very much for joining us today to remember the sacrifice of so many members of our Mission here in Lebanon. We remember the victims today of several criminal and deadly acts of terrorism.  On April 18, 1983 a suicide bomber attacked the ...
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U.S. Embassy Beirut Announces the 2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Scholarship

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. This scholarship offers high school students between 14 and 16 years old the opportunity to spend one academic year in the United States.  The selected students live with American host families, attend U.S. high school, learn about ...
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America Delivers Hellfire Missiles and Precision Munitions to the Lebanese Armed Forces

Ambassador David Hale visited Beirut Airbase this morning to inspect America’s latest delivery of “Hellfire” missiles and artillery munitions to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).  The shipment provides the LAF with 50 “Hellfire” air-to-ground missiles and 560 artillery rounds, including some precision munitions.  This represents $8.6 million worth of U.S. security assistance to Lebanon and ...
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Ambassador Hale Inaugurates Tactical Training Facilities at ISF Academy

Today, Ambassador Hale celebrated the inauguration of a new tactical village and administrative and forensics building at the Internal Security Forces (ISF) Academy in Aramoun.  These facilities represent an investment of $10.2 million by the U.S. government in Lebanon’s security services.  After unveiling the inaugural plaque alongside ISF Director Major General Basbous, the Ambassador toured ...
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UntitledAmbassador Hale Highlights Doubling of U.S. Military Assistance to Army

Good morning. The Prime Minister and I just reviewed his successful trip to New York for the UN General Assembly and related meetings. These included the ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, which again demonstrated the international community’s steadfast commitment to helping Lebanon confront the range of challenges it faces. We are ...
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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Secretary of State John Kerry at the International Support Group for Lebanon

New York, New York September 30, 2015. (Delivered by Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.) Thank you, Mr. Secretary General and Mr. Prime Minister, for chairing this third ministerial meeting of the International Support Group.  My government agrees – and agrees fully — that Lebanon needs the international community’s backing more urgently than ever; that is ...
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Ambassador Hale Inaugurates Improved Fishermen Facilities at Jounieh

Today, Ambassador Hale participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate improved fishermen cooperative facilities at Jounieh Port, a project jointly supported by the American government and the Jounieh municipality.  The new fish preparation areas, boat repair facilities, and restored areas of the port will improve the fishermen’s daily business operations and increase their earning ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Remarks Following His Meeting with PM Salam

Good morning. Prime Minister Salam and I just met to discuss his upcoming trip to New York for the UN General Assembly opening and the ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon. The ISG meeting once again demonstrates the international community’s strong support for Lebanon’s stability, sovereignty, and security. For our part, America’s ...
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Ambassador Hale Launches Cultural Preservation Grants for Faqra and Jabal Moussa

Today, alongside Minister of Culture Raymond Arayji, Ambassador Hale celebrated the launch of two new cultural preservation projects in Lebanon funded by the American Embassy: the preservation of the Faqra Roman and Byzantine structures and the restoration of Roman ruins on the grounds of the Jabal Moussa Bioreserve.  These projects emphasize America’s commitment to preserving ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2016-2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.  This program offers scholars the chance to obtain a fellowship with an American higher education institution for between three to ten months during the 2016-2017 academic year (beginning in August or September 2016, depending on the institution). ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2016 Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016 Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program, which will bring young professors from Lebanon to the U.S. for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities from July 6 through September 14, 2016.   Fields of exchange activities will include Rural and Economic Development, English ...
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America Provides $10 Million to UNICEF in Lebanon

During a ceremony today at the Ministry of Education, Ambassador Hale announced America’s contribution of $10 million to the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon in order to enroll vulnerable school-aged children in public schools’ first shift. This assistance is part of America’s ongoing commitment to ensure all school-aged children in Lebanon have ...
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Ambassador Hale Honors Graduates of IMET Program

On September 10, Ambassador David Hale participated in a reception at the Jounieh Military Complex in honor of the International Military Education and Training (IMET) Program. IMET has been one of the cornerstones of the American-Lebanese military partnership through which America has provided training and education to more than 2,800 Lebanese military officers since 2005. ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call to PM Salam

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Tammam Salam today to discuss plans for the upcoming meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon at the UN General Assembly in late September. The Secretary reaffirmed America’s strong and continuing support for Prime Minister Salam’s efforts to advance political consensus despite the challenging circumstances ...
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Joint Statement on the Meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al Saud

At the invitation of President Barack Obama, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al-Saud visited the United States and met with President Obama at the White House on September 4, 2015. The two leaders had a positive and fruitful discussion in which they reviewed the enduring relationship between their ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Statement Following Meeting with PM Salam

Good afternoon. Prime Minister Salam and I met today to discuss the upcoming meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon at the UN General Assembly later this month, and yesterday’s discussion of Lebanon in the Security Council. It is safe to say that the international community’s support for Lebanon’s sovereignty, security and stability is ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy Exum Visits Lebanon

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy Dr. Andrew Exum visited Lebanon this week. During his trip, he met with political and military leaders including Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Samir Moqbel, and Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi. Dr. Exum highlighted the long-standing security partnership ...
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Ambassador Hale Visits Tripoli

Today American Ambassador David Hale visited Tripoli where he met with former Prime Minister and MP for Tripoli Najib Mikati, Justice Minister General Ashraf Rifi, and the Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Malek al-Shaar. Below is Ambassador Hale’s statement delivered during his visit. ### First of all, I’d like to say how glad ...
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United States Provides an Additional $20 million to the World Food Program in Lebanon

As part of our commitment and continued support to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is announcing the provision of more than $20 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Lebanon to deliver emergency food assistance to Syrian refugees. The additional assistance will support WFP’s distribution of ...
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Statement by Ambassador David Hale following his meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam

Good afternoon, I just had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Salam, and we discussed a range of topics of mutual interest. During our discussion, I stressed one critical, underlying message:  America’s enduring commitment to Lebanon.  Regional developments have not altered America’s policy toward Lebanon, or any of our commitments to Lebanon; nor do ...
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America Supports Honey Industry Improvements in Lebanon

Today Ambassador David Hale and Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb participated in a conference to highlight the improvements in the honey industry in Lebanon with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Over 100 stakeholders involved in beekeeping gathered to attend the conference organized by the USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain ...
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America Reauthorizes Trade Preferences for Lebanon

Media Notice For Immediate Release Today, Ambassador David Hale and Minister for Economy and Trade Dr. Alain Hakim met to discuss their continued cooperation to strengthen the Lebanese-American economic relationship.  Ambassador Hale highlighted the recent reauthorization of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which strengthens commercial ties and promotes economic growth and stability ...
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America Invests in Technology for Lebanese Public School Classrooms

Today Ambassador David Hale participated in a ceremony to celebrate the successful partnership between America and the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education to enhance the use of technology in Lebanese public schools.  To date, America has invested more than $150 million in Lebanese public schools to ensure that all Lebanese students receive a ...
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Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein Visits Lebanon

Amos J Hochstein, the Department of State Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, visited Lebanon this week to discuss Lebanese and regional energy issues with senior officials. Special Envoy Hochstein met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tamam Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Energy and Water Minister ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Caution in light of recent attacks (July 1, 2015)

In light of last week’s terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, we want to remind U.S. citizens in Lebanon to maintain their vigilance. We encourage U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness of their surroundings at all times, taking appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security.  Be conscious of your personal security at ...
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2016 Fulbright English Teachers Fellowship

The 2016 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program is now accepting applications.  This fellowship offers young teachers and graduate students the opportunity to study English at a U.S. college or university and to work as an Arabic teaching assistant.  Candidates from the following fields will be also eligible to apply: Anthropology, Area Studies, Arts, ...
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System Problems Delaying Visas and Passports

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Hale at the 2015 American Independence Day Celebration

Thank you all for joining us tonight to celebrate America’s 239th year of independence, and the long-standing ties between our two countries.  Thank you, Your Excellencies, Member of Parliament Bazzi, Deputy Prime Minister Mokbel, for representing Presidents Berri and Salam tonight. Thanks, also, to our generous sponsors, whose logos are displayed on the screens above.  ...
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2016-2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a one-year, non-degree program of academic and professional opportunities in a variety of fields.  The program demonstrates the U.S. State Department’s longstanding commitment to providing future leaders ...
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U.S. Honors 35 University Scholarship Program Graduates at Haigazian University

Today American Ambassador David Hale visited Haigazian University to celebrate the graduation of 35 University Scholarship Program (USP) students in June 2015, and distributed Academic Excellence awards to 12 scholars.  Through USP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports disadvantaged yet talented Lebanese public school students with full undergraduate scholarships that cover all ...
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CENTCOM Commander General Austin Visits Lebanon

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III visited Lebanon today and met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Kahwagi.  In his meetings, General Austin reiterated the confidence of the United States in the capabilities of the LAF, noting that just as the LAF continues to ...
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“Taste of America” Showcases American-Lebanese Commercial Partnership

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, hosted the fourth “Taste of America” lunch and exhibition on April 28 at BIEL’s Pavillon Royal.  “Taste of America” is a commercial event designed to showcase the goods and services of U.S. companies in Lebanon. Over 500 guests, including Minister of Agriculture Akram ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes National Spelling Bee Competition for Lebanese Students

Today Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Marc Desjardins attended a Spelling Bee competition at the Baakline American Corner located at the Baakline National Library. Organized in partnership with the SMART Center for Media and Advocacy, the Embassy-funded Spelling Bee brought together young students to compete in spelling words in English that promote citizenship, human rights, ...
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Fraud Alert: The Ambassador Does Not Want Your Money

Media Notice For Immediate Release Internet scam artists have tried to impersonate American Ambassador David Hale and the American Embassy in an attempt to get Lebanese people to send them money.  Don’t believe them! In several of these attempts, these criminals have contacted people via social media with an invitation to connect to “David Hale.”  ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Visits Lebanon

Today Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon where he met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Jean Qahwagi, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, and UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag. He also visited the ...
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U.S. Launches New Investment Fund for Lebanese Entrepreneurs

Today the Middle East and North Africa Investment Initiative (MENA-II) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Berytech Foundation, launched a $15 million program to support entrepreneurship in Lebanon. The ceremony took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in the presence of American Ambassador David Hale, USAID Deputy Assistant ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard Visits Lebanon

Today Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard concluded a trip to Beirut. During the visit, she met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag, and a range of other representatives from UN agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest near U.S. Embassy Beirut (March 26, 2015)

On Friday March 27, 2015 supporters of Ali Taan Fayyad, a Lebanese national being held in the Czech Republic, are planning to stage a protest near the U.S. Embassy Beirut compound. The demonstration is scheduled to take place at approximately 11:00 am at Awkar circle. U.S. citizens are warned that demonstrations and protests intended to ...
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Statement on “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” Report

The American Intelligence Community’s position on Iran has not changed.  This year’s “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” report was simply a format change.  There is no ‘softening’ of our position. In fact, Director Clapper specifically referenced the threat from Iran and its client Hizballah in his recent testimony.  Iran and Lebanese Hizballah ...
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser Visits Lebanon

Today Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser visited Lebanon and met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil, Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nouhad Mashnouk, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, and the Association of Banks of Lebanon. In his ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Hale Following his Meeting with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil

I just had a very productive meeting with my friend Foreign Minister Bassil.  We discussed the continued political and security challenges that Lebanon faces today.  Supporting Lebanon’s policy of dissociation and helping to insulate Lebanon from the spillover of extremism from Syria are important goals for the United States. Lebanon’s role in the global effort ...
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American Safety and Security Business Mission Visits Beirut

A delegation of five American companies in the safety and security sector has arrived in Beirut to explore business opportunities and partnerships with Lebanese companies.  Their visit marks the first American government-sponsored trade delegation to Beirut since the Department of Commerce opened its office at the American Embassy in 1998.  The company representatives arrived in ...
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Ambassador Hale Celebrates International Women’s Day

Today American Ambassador David Hale hosted a reception in honor of International Women’s Day at his residence at the U.S. Embassy.  Over the years, more than 2,500 Lebanese women and girls have participated in Embassy programs designed to promote women in a number of fields including science (such as TechWomen and TechGirls), business (Fortune Global ...
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Statement by Ambassador David Hale Following His Meeting with Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk

Good morning.  I just had an excellent meeting with Minister Machnouk.  A prime topic was his upcoming visit to Washington.  We very much welcome his visit and look forward to senior level discussions on how we can further deepen security cooperation between our two countries. Lebanon is facing serious challenges and threats, and we need ...
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Ambassador Hale Hosts Reception Honoring Youth

This evening, American Ambassador David Hale hosted a reception for Lebanese youth leaders at his residence.  During the reception, Ambassador Hale thanked participants of the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Advisory Council, a group of young Lebanese leaders who meet monthly to discuss current events and topics of interest for the youth of today. Below are Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Hale Attends “Women on the Front Lines” Conference

Today American Ambassador David Hale participated in the opening ceremony for the May Chidiac Foundation’s “Women on the Front Lines” conference, as part of the American Embassy’s celebrations throughout the month of March for Women’s History Month and for International Women’s Day.  The American Embassy co-sponsored this event, which focused on inspirational female leaders. Below ...
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Ambassador Hale Attends Forum on Civil Society

Today American Ambassador David Hale participated in the opening ceremony for an Open Space Forum entitled “Lebanese Civil Society: Challenges and Opportunities”.  Over the course of two days, leaders and activists from over sixty Lebanese non-governmental organizations from across the country will come together to share experiences and work on an action plan for civil ...
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Ambassador Hale Hosts a Roundtable with Human Rights Activists

Today American Ambassador David Hale hosted a round table on human rights to mark the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Mr. Wael Kheir, founder of the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights, led the discussion with Ambassador Hale. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Hale underlined the U.S. Embassy’s collaboration with ...
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Ambassador Hale Honors the Legacy of Rafik Hariri on the 10th Anniversary of his Assassination

Today American Ambassador David Hale visited the grave of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his assassination.  The Ambassador also paid his respects to Minister Mohammad Chatah, Major General Wissam al-Hassan, and the other individuals buried at the site. Below is Ambassador Hale’s statement following his visit. ### I first ...
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America Delivers $25 million in Weapons and Ammunition to the Lebanese Army

Today American Ambassador David Hale presided over the delivery of $25 million in assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) via the M/V Advantage vessel at the Beirut Port. Ambassador Hale was accompanied by Brigadier General Manuel Kerejian, Director of the LAF Logistics Brigade. Below are Ambassador Hale’s remarks from the event. Today’s shipment, from ...
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AFCP Large Grants Program

The US Embassy is launching the AFCP LARGE GRANTS PROGRAM. It supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in the host country.  New projects are eligible starting to $500,000 of support.  Projects previously supported by AFCP are ...
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2016-2018 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications for the 2016-2018 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program, which covers a maximum of two years of graduate-level study at a university in the U.S. starting in August 2016. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in honor of former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright and demonstrates ...
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USAID BALADI Launches Second Round of Municipal Development Project Funding

Today the U.S. Embassy-funded Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) program launched the second call for applications for funding for municipal development projects at the Beirut Symposium in Sin El Fil.  The launch took place in the presence of Ambassador David Hale and Head of the Office of Common Administration at the ...
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2015 TechGirls Program Now Accepting Applications

Teenage secondary school students are invited to apply for the TechGirls program.  The program will bring 27 teenage girls, ages 15-17, with a demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in the field of technology, from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for a 22-day exchange program focused on promoting ...
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