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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington December 14, 2009. Source REUTERS

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Following their meeting they held a joint press conference during which Suleiman said He asked president Obama to press Israel to comply with UN Resolution 1701 and to withdraw from the occupied Lebanese territories namely Shebaa F arms and Kfar Shouba Hills

He also said that he asked for US military aid because this “will strengthen Lebanon militarily and will allow it to confront terrorism and to defend itself against its enemies”. He also pressed for economic aid and for political support and to make sure sure no deal is struck at Lebanon’s expense. Suleiman also stressed Lebanon’s opposition to naturalization of the Palestinians living in Lebanon and at the same time he called for the right of return of the Palestinians to their homeland

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