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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A A/S of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Satterfield, Visits Lebanon

Acting Assistant Secretary of State (AA/S) for Near Eastern Affairs, David Satterfield, visited Lebanon on May 14 -16 where he met President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and other officials.  AA/S Satterfield also visited the Maronite Patriarchy at Bkerki where he expressed, in the name of Secretary …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks Tomorrow’s Leaders AUB Graduation

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

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Ambassador Richard’s Remarks Tomorrow’s Leaders LAU Graduation

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

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

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

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Remarks by Ambassador Elizabeth Richard at the Startup Lebanon 2018 Launch Event

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

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Remarks by Ambassador Elizabeth Richards Opening of the Ashrafieh Police Station

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

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U.S. Ambassador Richard Attends Inauguration of Refurbished Ashrafieh Community Policing Station

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

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CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel Visits Lebanon

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

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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Lebanon

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

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ARCENT Deputy Commander Concludes Visit to Lebanon

U.S. Army Central (ARCENT) Deputy Commander Major General Terrence J. McKenrick concluded his visit to Lebanon.  During his visit, he met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Joseph Aoun and other senior LAF officials, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth H. Richard. In his meetings, Major General McKenrick renewed the U.S. government’s commitment …

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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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USAID Counselor Thomas Staal Visits USAID Projects in Lebanon

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

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Press Availability With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

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

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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

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

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U.S. Air Force Official Heidi Grant Visits Lebanon

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

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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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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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Message from the U.S. Embassy Beirut on The National Day of Mourning

The U.S. Embassy Beirut extends its deepest condolences to the people of Lebanon, particularly the families of the fallen Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) soldiers, kidnapped by ISIS, in August 2014.  We also offer our sincere condolences for the soldiers who were killed in the line of duty during the “Fajr al-Jouroud” operation. Today, our flag …

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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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Congressman Harold Rogers Visits Lebanon

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) led a delegation of six Congressmen including Representatives David Price (D-NC), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), David Joyce (R-OH), and Evan Jenkins (R-WV) to visit Lebanon on April 12.  The delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Joseph Awn during their visit and discussed 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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High-Ranking Lebanese Police Officers Attend Leadership and Management Training in Louisville, Kentucky

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

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U.S. Ambassador Delivers Cessna Aircraft to Lebanese Armed Forces

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

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Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Arrives in Lebanon

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

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United States Supports Rural Tourism at the Third National Rural Tourism Forum

On December 6, 2016, USAID Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson and Minister of Tourism, Mr. Michel Pharaon, inaugurated the third National Rural Tourism Forum at Le Royal Hotel, Beirut.  The forum, organized by Beyond Beirut and the USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project, brought together more than 100 experts and stakeholders from the …

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