US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Bill Burns met with Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda presidential on Tuesday.
According to the The National News Agency (NNA) the president talked with the US official about recent measures adopted for US-bound passengers travelling through countries described as “sponsors of terrorism,”…. Lebanon is on that list. He also talked about the US congressional bill aimed at banning “ satellite channels accused of supporting terrorism,” which includes Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.
Suleiman criticized these measures and told Burns “they deny general, as well as media freedoms.”
According to the NNA, Suleiman thanked Burns for his country’s objection to the naturalization of Palestinians living in Lebanon.
Burns reiterated US support for Lebanon on several levels, especially on the level of military assistance to the Lebanese army, the NNA reported.
The US official assured Suleiman that Washington will not support any developments in the Middle East peace process at the expense of Lebanon, NNA reported .
Burns will head to Syria tomorrow . During this trip to the region Burns will also be visiting Turkey, and Azerbaijan according to the US state department