McCain reaffirms US commitment to democratic Lebanon

The US delegation headed by US Senator John McCain reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to supporting a strong, independent, and democratic Lebanon,” a U.S. embassy statement said Saturday.

President Michel Suleiman has reportedly urged Washington to reverse a congressional decision to ban Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV channel, during his talks with U.S. Senator John McCain

“President Suleiman asked that Washington backtrack on its decision to ban certain television channels, including al-Manar,” a statement from McCain ‘s his office said after the Friday meeting.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last December that called for punitive measures against Middle East television networks seen as fueling anti-American hatred.

During their two-day visit to Beirut, McCain and his delegation held talks with top Lebanese officials, including Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, PM Saad Hariri and PSP leader Walid Jumblatt.

Following talks with Jumblatt on Saturday, McCain said:

“This country is at peace and I hope it continues” that way