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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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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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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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 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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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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Ambassador Elizabeth Richard’s Remarks at “GE Day”

Your Excellency Minister Abi Khalil, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to this event highlighting how General Electric can transform Lebanon’s power generation and distribution capabilities.  After decades of underinvestment, the power sector here needs this kind of focused attention if it is to deliver for the Lebanese people. I believe …

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

Thank you. Good Morning. I am delighted to be here. I am also representing one of the donors to the Lebanese Mine Action Center. General Nasr, it is my pleasure to be here with you and your staff, and to have the opportunity to hear about the vital work that the Lebanon Mine Action Center …

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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

US Delivers Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the Lebanese Army Ambassador Elizabeth Richard spoke today at the delivery of Bradley Fighting Vehicles and armored field artillery ammunition supply vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces. Following are Ambassador Richard’s remarks as delivered: Good Morning everyone.  Good Morning Brigadier General Farah and your team, it is my pleasure …

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U.S. Government Supports New Digital Platform for Lebanon to Engage the Diaspora

U.S. Government Supports New Digital Platform for Lebanon to Engage the Diaspora U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard joined Prime Minister Hariri and Ms. Roula Moussa today to launch the Diaspora Investment and Development platform, developed with the support of a $1,050,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).   Held at the Grand Serail, …

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

Hi everyone, I am so delighted to see all of you here.  I just am overwhelmed by the number of people that are here and how far you came. And I’m just very happy to see you and I hope everyone has a great time, tonight.  To our Governorate and municipal authorities; Officers from the …

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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 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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Ambassador’s Press conference to publicly announce USAID’s $30 million grant to UNICEF in support of the Access Pillar of UNICEF’s Education Pro

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

It is wonderful to be back in Lebanon and here up in Arsal.  We deeply value the relationship with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the work they are doing to keep Lebanon safe, as we’re seeing here today. I had good visits yesterday and this morning with President (Michel) Aoun, and with Prime Minister (Saad) …

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

Class of 2017 graduates, parents, ACS faculty and staff. ACS head of school Dr. Greg MacGilpin, Jr, Your Excellency Prime Minister Hariri, Distinguished guests.  I am honored to be with you today to mark such a joyous occasion. Congratulations to all the Graduates.  Today’s ceremony is the culmination of everything  you have achieved as ACS …

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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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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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Remarks at the Knowledge is Power Conference at AUB

Good morning, everyone! On behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard and the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, I’d like to extend warm greetings and reiterate my government’s support for this path-breaking conference and the aims of the Knowledge is Power project to promote gender equality and end sexual discrimination and …

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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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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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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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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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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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