Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Lebanon August 13-15. He will express his condolences to the Lebanese people for their losses as a result of the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4. He will reiterate the American government’s commitment to assist the Lebanese people in recovering from the tragedy and rebuilding their lives. In meetings with political leaders, civil society, and youth, Under Secretary Hale will stress the urgent need to embrace fundamental economic, financial, and governance reform, ending endemic corruption, bringing accountability and transparency, and introducing widespread state control through functioning institutions. He will underscore America’s willingness to support any government that reflects the will of the people and is genuinely committed to and acting upon such a reform agenda.