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 officer, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador over the span of 27 years. He is returning to Lebanon in his new role to reaffirm strong U.S. support for the Lebanese state, including its legitimate security institutions, as it continues to cope with significant challenges.

U/S Hale will also underscore U.S. concerns about Hizballah’s destabilizing activities in Lebanon and the region, including the recent discovery of Hizballah’s cross-border tunnels, which defy UN Security Council Resolution 1701, jeopardize the security of the Lebanese people, and undermine the legitimacy of Lebanon’s state institutions.