MEPI Supports Cooperation between “The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development” (OECD) and Lebanon on Good Governance

Today, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard attended the launch event of the conference on “OECD Cooperation with Lebanon on Good Governance,” organized jointly by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR) and the Public Governance Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The U.S. Department of State through the …

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Ambassador Elizabeth Richard’s Remarks OECD Cooperation with Lebanon on Good Governance

Thank you very much Madame Minister, ministers, colleagues, excellences and ladies and gentlemen.  It is wonderful to be here today to launch the joint work between the OECD, us, and Lebanon. I think every Lebanese citizen knows how important it is to have a government that serves the interests of its citizens and provides comprehensive …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr.  This holiday marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebration across Muslim communities worldwide.  It is a culmination of a month of fasting, sharing meals with family and friends, donating to charitable …

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2020 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The 2020 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 while also working as an Arabic teaching assistant.  The best candidates are early career English teachers or professionals in related fields such as …

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Condolences on the Passing of His Beatitude Cardinal Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson May 15, 2019 On behalf of Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and the American people, we were saddened by the news of the passing of His Beatitude Cardinal Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir. He was a courageous leader against tyranny and oppression and a champion for the idea …

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On Patriarch Sfeir’s Passing

U.S. Embassy Beirut is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of His Beatitude Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, staunch advocate of Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence. We offer our heartfelt condolence to the Lebanese people, and especially the Maronite community, for the loss of this national spiritual symbol, who played a pivotal role during …

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DCM White Attends the Launching of the AFCP Project at Sidon Sea Castle

Today, U.S. Embassy Beirut Deputy Chief of Mission Edward White took part in a launching ceremony with the Ministry of Culture to mark the start of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project to rehabilitate the Sidon Sea Castle.  The Ministry of Culture’s Directorate General of Antiquities will implement the $100,000 grant.  The Sidon …

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New: UN 2018 Annual Report for Lebanon

The latest UN 2018 Annual Report for Lebanon highlights key results and recognizes the United States as being consistently a top donor, alongside Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union. In 2018, $724 million were invested to support Lebanon through the United Nations Strategic Framework; 93% of these United Nations funds were also used …

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United States Announces $90 million QITABI 2 Program To Improve Student Education

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson announced a new $90 million program to support learning outcomes for vulnerable students.  Minister of Education Akram Chehayeb attended the launch of QITABI 2 (Quality Instruction towards Access and Basic Education Improvement) which follows onto USAID’s current QITABI initiative …

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Remarks by Ambassador Richard at the Launching Ceremony of QITABI 2 Program

Good morning everyone.  Thank you so much for being with us here today, Minister Akram Chehayeb, Director General Fadi Yaraq, and Dr. Nada Oweijane.  And a warm thank you to the leadership at Uruguay Public School for having us.  It was great to be greeted outside by the Scouts and so lovely to see their …

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Ambassador Richard Launches New Construction Works and Trainings at ISF Academy

Today, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined Internal Security Forces (ISF) Director General Imad Osman, and other ISF officials at the groundbreaking ceremony launching the construction of new facilities at the ISF Academy in Aramoun.  The construction of a new dormitory and classroom buildings will provide short-term housing for the ISF trainees from outside of Beirut and …

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President Aoun and Ambassador Richard Plant the Millionth Tree

United States Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined President Michel Aoun in the Presidential Palace’s garden to plant an oak tree representing the “Millionth Tree” planted in Lebanon as part of USAID’s Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI). The event was attended by ministers, international donors, LAF representatives, and representatives of municipalities, and civil society organizations. In her remarks, …

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Treasury Targets Sanctions Evasion Conduits for Major Hizballah Financiers

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further targeted the global business operations of Hizballah by designating two individuals and three entities acting as conduits for sanctions evasion schemes.  Specifically, OFAC designated Belgium-based Wael Bazzi for acting for or on behalf of his father and Hizballah financier, Mohammad …

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Holding the Iranian Regime Accountable for Its Global Campaign of Terrorism

“The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies. President Donald J. Trump INCREASING MAXIMUM PRESSURE: President Donald J. Trump is holding the Iranian regime accountable by targeting the primary entity that carries out its global campaign of terror.  The Administration is designating the Islamic …

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Launch of INL Funded “Corrections Professionalization Program”

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut launched the U.S.-funded “Corrections Professionalization Program.”  This program will continue for three years, and includes developing and implementing a system of inmate classification in addition to continuous training for corrections officers. Following are Ambassador …

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Interview Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo with Hiba Nasr of Sky News

March 23, 2019 U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, thanks for sitting down with us. SECRETARY POMPEO:  It’s great to be with you. QUESTION:  I will start with Lebanon, your last stop on this trip.  Yesterday you made a strong statement and you said that Lebanon and the Lebanese people have a choice: move …

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Remarks – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil

FOREIGN MINISTER BASSIL:  Welcome, Mr. Secretary.  Welcome in Lebanon, friend of Lebanon. (Via interpreter) I was honored to welcome the U.S. Secretary of State Mr. Mike Pompeo in a visit which is first of its kind to Lebanon.  It showcases the importance and the depth of the relationships between the two countries, and it indicates …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Lebanese Forces Party Leader Samir Geagea

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Lebanese Forces Party Leader Samir Geagea. They discussed a number of issues, including the Lebanese government’s continued work to strengthen security and stability in the …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Leader of Lebanon’s Druze Community Walid Jumblatt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Walid Jumblatt, leader of Lebanon’s Druze community. They discussed a number of issues including the positive steps the recently formed government of Lebanon should take …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Lebanese President Michel Aoun

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Beirut. The Secretary discussed a number of pressing bilateral and regional issues, notably the U.S. government’s strong concerns over the role of …

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Remarks With Lebanese President Michel Aoun Before Their Meeting

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Lebanese Presidential Palace Baabda, Lebanon March 22, 2019 PRESIDENT AOUN: (Via interpreter) It gives me great pleasure to welcome Your Excellency here in Baabda. I hope we will have a very fruitful meeting with good dividends, and we are willing to talk about everything you wish to raise. I’m …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. They discussed the importance of the U.S.-Lebanese security partnership and the need for continued support for Lebanon’s legitimate state security …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri. They discussed a number of issues related to the Lebanese economy and implementation of critical reforms, as well …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Lebanese Minister of the Interior Raya Al Hassan

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Lebanese Minister of the Interior Raya Al Hassan. The Secretary and Minister Al Hassan discussed the regional and internal security challenges facing Lebanon and how …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (March 20, 2019)

Location:  Awkar Square, Dbayeh, Lebanon Event: We are aware of reports that a number of organizations have called for a demonstration on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:00pm in Awkar Square, Dbayeh, to  protest  the U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to the region. Road closures are expected in the area. Public demonstrations have the potential to become …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City March 19-23. In Beirut, the Secretary will meet with Lebanese leaders to discuss the political, security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Lebanon. The Secretary’s visit will underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s …

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U.S. Highlights Economic Developmental Projects for Northern Lebanon

United States Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard travelled to Tripoli to visit American funded projects focused on economic development and education in Northern Lebanon. As part of the $825 million in assistance the United States provided to Lebanon in 2018, we are funding projects in northern Lebanon to provide youth with the education, tools, and …

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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks to the Media after Meeting with Prime Minister Hariri

Good afternoon everyone and I am just really delighted to be here back at the Serail to greet the Prime Minister and congratulate him on the new government. It has been a long time coming and we are just thrilled that there is finally a government. I congratulated the Prime Minister just now on the …

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Statement on the Ministerial To Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2019 On February 13-14, 2019, Foreign Ministers and representatives of 62 states met in Warsaw, Poland, at a conference organized jointly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Secretary of State of the United States, to work toward a more secure and stable …

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Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz Warsaw, Poland February 14, 2019 FOREIGN MINISTER CZAPUTOWICZ: Prime ministers, ministers, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to welcome you at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. The right time has come now to give a …

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Fact Sheet: U.S.-Lebanon Military Assistance and Defense Cooperation

The United States works across the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in their capacity as the sole, legitimate defender of Lebanon.  U.S. assistance takes the following forms: Capability development through LAF acquisition of defense articles and services via the Foreign Military Sales process, largely funded by Department of State Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and Department of …

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The U.S. Delivers APKWS Rockets to the LAF

The United States is pleased to announce the delivery today of the shipment of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets, valued at more than $16 million, destined for the Lebanese Armed Forces.  These APKWS laser-guided rockets are a key component for the Lebanese Air Force’s new A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft. Today’s …

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UN Security Council Welcomes Formation of Lebanon Government

Security Council Press Statement on Lebanon 8 February 2019 The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement on 31 January 2019 of the formation of a national unity government in Lebanon, and congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his Cabinet. They welcomed the nomination of four women in the new government including as Interior …

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U.S. Government Top Donor in Support of Lebanon for 2018

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini released the latest report of donor nation contributions to development and humanitarian work in Lebanon.  The United States government was the top donor for the year 2018, and invested $494,293,328 dollars in critical water and sanitation infrastructure, creating opportunities for Lebanese citizens, agriculture, and businesses, …

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2020-2022 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications for the 2020-2022 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 2020. 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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CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel Visits Lebanon

On January 21-22, 2019 the Commander of United States Central Command General Joseph Votel met with President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun, as well as UNIFIL Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard. In …

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Statement by U/S for Political Affairs Hale following his meeting with PM-designate Hariri

Secretary Pompeo asked me to come to Lebanon to discuss America’s regional strategy and the value of our relations with the Lebanese state and the Lebanese people, and our determination to create the conditions needed to ensure Lebanon is able to meet its international obligations. As Secretary Pompeo said in his Cairo speech, we will …

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U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale, Arrives in Lebanon

 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale, arrived today in Lebanon, where he will meet with senior Lebanese officials to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues. Under Secretary (U/S) Hale has enduring ties with Lebanon and the Lebanese people after serving at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut as a political …

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Emergency Alert: Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.  We will not update this website until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.  The National Visa Center, National …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Human Rights Day

Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all persons, and committed to their promotion and protection henceforth. The Declaration’s fundamental principles remain …

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Ambassador Richard Celebrates Achievements under the USAID-funded $46 million Agribusiness and Rural Development Project

U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard celebrated the successes and achievements of the $46 million agribusiness and rural development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Held in the presence of 300 officials, partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders, the event showcased the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project’s achievements in the agro food …

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Newly Released UN Report on Aid Tracking for 2018 Q3

Partnership with the Lebanese people aimed at development of the country, reduction of poverty, and improvement in the provision of public services continues year after year to be an important priority for the United States. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini today released the latest report of donor nation contributions to development …

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Ambassador Richard Celebrates AMIDEAST Lebanon’s 50th Anniversary

On November 28, Ambassador Richard hosted a gathering at her residence to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AMIDEAST’s work in Lebanon.  AMIDEAST is an American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.  The Department of State, through U.S. Embassy Beirut, has funded AMIDEAST Lebanon’s student …

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The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development

Special Briefing Brian Hook Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran  Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling Washington, DC November 29, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for waiting. Your excellencies, members of the diplomatic corps, and members of the press, we’re very pleased to welcome Special Representative Hook, …

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Ambassador Elizabeth Richard Celebrates Thanksgiving with TWE Partners and Teachers

On November 24, Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard attended the Teaching Women English (TWE) Program teachers’ workshop and shared a Thanksgiving meal with this year’s partners and English language teachers. The three-day teachers’ workshop marks the launch of the 2018-2019 TWE program, which will serve over 800 women in 36 communities across Lebanon. Implemented by USPEaK …

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Ambassador Richard Attends Beirut Art Film Festival Opening Ceremony

On November 20, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard took part in the opening ceremony of the Beirut Art Film Festival (BAFF). U.S. Embassy Beirut is supporting the screenings of six documentaries, each highlighting different aspects of U.S. culture. Screenings will occur at the Metropolis Cinema Sofil, Achrafieh and in universities, schools, and institutions across Lebanon. …

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Department Press Briefing – November 13, 2018

MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everybody. Hope you’re all doing well. Great to see you again.Today we’re going to begin with a special briefing by some of my colleagues. We will be joined by our Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security, Mike Evanoff, and also our Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Nathan Sales. They will talk about new …

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Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism

Remarks Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Washington Institute for Near East Policy Counterterrorism Lecture Series Washington, DC November 13, 2018 Thanks for that warm introduction and for hosting me here. It’s a real pleasure to participate in the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series. A number of my predecessors from the CT Bureau have …

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State Department Terrorist Designations of Jawad Nasrallah, al-Mujahidin Brigades, and Hizballah

The Department of State has designated Jawad Nasrallah and Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, …

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DCM Edward White Speech at Inauguration of the Pumping Station

Ghazzeh, Beqaa November 9, 2018   Good Morning Director General (Rizk) Rizk, Qaim Maqam of West Beqaa and Rashaia (Wissam Nassabayh), Mayor (Mahmoud) Majzoub, distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here with you today to inaugurate this new pumping station, which will provide safe, reliable water to the residents of Ghazzeh. …

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DCM Edward White Inaugurates New USAID-Funded Pump Station in Ghazzeh

U.S. Embassy Beirut Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Edward White inaugurated a new solar-powered pump station and 300 cubic meter reservoir that will provide clean water to the 21,000 residents of Ghazzeh in the West Beqaa.  The Lebanon Water Project (LWP), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the …

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Briefing on Iran Sanctions

Special Briefing Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin Via Teleconference November 2, 2018 MS NAUERT: Thank you, sir. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s on-the-record call on the Iran snapback sanctions. We’re pleased to have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve …

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Department of Treasury: U.S. Government Fully Re-Imposes Sanctions on the Iranian Regime

WASHINGTON – Today, in its largest ever single-day action targeting the Iranian regime, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned more than 700 individuals, entities, aircraft, and vessels.  This action is a critical part of the re-imposition of the remaining U.S. nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted or waived in connection …

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Statement by the President Regarding the Reimposition of Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran

In May, I announced that the United States would withdraw from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal. This agreement failed in its fundamental objective, which was to permanently block all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb, and it did nothing to address the regime’s malign actions across the Middle East and beyond. Since the disastrous …

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Ambassador Richard Visits Deir Ammar Power Station Operated by Private U.S. Company

On October 29, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard visited Deir Ammar Power Station, operated by U.S. firm PrimeSouth in North Lebanon.  The U.S. company has invested $75 million dollars to rehabilitate the facility and an additional $45 million in Zahrani Power Station over the past two years.  Together, the power stations generate nearly half of Electricité du …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Levant Joel Rayburn Visits Lebanon

On October 25, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Levant Joel Rayburn concluded his visit to Lebanon where he met with Lebanese government officials, in addition to UN officials and business leaders. In his meetings, Deputy Assistant Secretary Rayburn reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to a secure, stable, and prosperous Lebanon.  

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New Apple Sorting Facility in the district of Bcharreh with Funding from USAID

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard participated in the inauguration of a new apple sorting and packing facility in Beit Mounzer, North Lebanon.  The first of its kind in Lebanon, the ‘Cedrine’ facility was completed with the support of the United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project, in partnership …

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White House: Statement from the Press Secretary

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (HIFPAA) of 2018, which imposes additional hard-hitting sanctions on Hizballah, a radical Islamist terrorist organization and close partner and proxy of the Iranian regime.  Hizballah has kidnapped, tortured, and murdered American citizens, including in its brutal attack in 1983 on …

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The White House: Statement from the Press Secretary

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (HIFPAA) of 2018, which imposes additional hard-hitting sanctions on Hizballah, a radical Islamist terrorist organization and close partner and proxy of the Iranian regime.  Hizballah has kidnapped, tortured, and murdered American citizens, including in its brutal attack in 1983 on …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Lebanon

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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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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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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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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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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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Secretary Tillerson Participation in ISG on Lebanon

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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 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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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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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

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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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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

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance In Response to the Syrian Crisis

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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On-The-Record Briefing Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

On-The-Record Briefing Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk September 22, 2017 The Palace Hotel New York City, New York MR GREENAN:  Hi, everybody.  Thank you all for coming today.  As you know, the Secretary led a ministerial meeting this morning on the Global – for the Global Coalition to …

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DCM Edward White’s Remarks to the Annual International Support Group Meeting

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On-the-Record Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield on Syria

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CENTCOM Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy Visits Lebanon

  On September 7, Major General George Smith, the CENTCOM Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, met with General Joseph Aoun, the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces. Major General Smith offered his compliments to the LAF’s recent military success. General Smith also expressed his condolences to General Aoun for the fallen Lebanese Armed Forces …

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks Following the Renewal of the UN Mission in Lebanon

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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Lebanon Country Commercial Guide 2017

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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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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

The U.S. Department of State released the following fact sheet. Today, the United States announced that it is providing more than $140 million in additional humanitarian assistance in Lebanon to address the urgent needs of refugees from Syria and those of Lebanese host communities. This announcement was made during the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s …

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Ambassador Richard Celebrates USAID/OTI Civil Society Partners

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined more than 300 guests on July 13th to celebrate the important work of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives’ (OTI) civil society partners in Lebanon over its 10-year program. The OTI program was initiated in 2007 to help Lebanon cope with emerging threats to its stability, and is successfully closing as scheduled …

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Ambassador’s Remarks “Tribute to a Decade of Activism: Partnering for a Brighter Future” for the USAID/OTI Final Event

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Ambassador’s Speech for Cigna’s Launch Ceremony

Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown   Your Excellency Minister of Economy and Trade Raed Khoury, Ms. Nadine Habbal, Acting Director Insurance Control Commission, Mr. Jason Sadler, President of Cigna’s International Markets Business, Mr. Howard Gough, CEO of Cigna Middle East and North Africa, And to our many distinguished guests with us today, Thank you for allowing …

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Ambassador Richard Celebrates Lebanese and American Shared Interests at the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day Ceremony

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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U.S. Central Command Commander General Joseph L. Votel Statement at Dahr Al Jabl Overlook (Arsal, Lebanon)

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U.S. Central Command Commander General Joseph L. Votel Visits Lebanon

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Ambassador Elizabeth Richard’s Remarks at American Community School Graduation Ceremony

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Ambassador’s Remarks as delivered, “Imagine Cup”, AUB

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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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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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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House Appropriations Committee Chairman 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 April 13-15.  Representative Frelinghuysen was joined by fellow HAC member, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).  During the visit, the delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Minister of Defense Yaacoub Sarraf, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces …

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Ambassador Richard Presents New Security Equipment for Rafiq Hariri International Airport

The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has provided $650,000 in security screening equipment for the Rafiq Hariri International Airport, U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard announced at a handover ceremony on April 11.  The handover ceremony was attended by Minister of Interior Nuhad Al Mashnouq, Director General of the Internal …

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U.S. Congressman Darrel Issa Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) led a Congressional delegation that concluded a one-day visit to Lebanon today.  The delegation included Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Barbara Comstock (R-VA).  The delegation’s meetings with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil focused on the long-standing close relationship and security cooperation between the …

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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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Senator Richard Burr Visits Lebanon

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a delegation of five senators including Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) on a visit to Lebanon from March 17 to March 18. The delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri during their visit and discussed the close relationship and security cooperation …

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Ambassador Richard Honors Lebanese Women in Security and Justice

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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U.S. Ambassador Delivers Equipment to the ISF

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth H. Richard participated today in a ceremony to celebrate the delivery of approximately $1 million dollars’ worth of equipment to the Internal Security Forces (ISF), highlighting U.S. commitment to Lebanon’s state institutions. Ambassador Richard said the U.S. is proud to deliver this much needed equipment and reiterated America’s partnership with …

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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks “Women on the Front Lines Conference”

Good morning everyone.  I am very happy to be here today for the annual Women on the Front Lines conference, as we honor the achievements of women here in Lebanon, and discuss how we can promote progress on women’s issues. I want to recognize and thank Rania Achkar, Anchor at MTV Alive and our MC …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Marjeyoun and Discusses Humanitarian and Development Issues

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard traveled today to Marjeyoun District.  In Marj El Khoukh, Ambassador Richard inaugurated a water pumping station that serves more than 61,000 individuals living in Marj El Khoukh and surrounding areas, including over 4,200 Syrian refugees.  The station is part of a water project funded by the United States.  Representatives …

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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

On this anniversary of the murder of Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 other innocent victims, we reaffirm our commitment to justice and our condemnation of terrorism. The United States will continue to support efforts to bring those responsible to justice. And we will continue to support the people and institutions of Lebanon. Rafiq …

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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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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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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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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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