US ambassador calls for calm and dialogue


Following a meeting with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly reiterated the United States’ continued support to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as it is the “Lebanese people’s best hope for putting its tragic and bloody history of political violence behind it, ” a statement issued by the US Embassy in Lebanon quoted her as saying.

Connelly added: “The resignation of ministers from Lebanon’s cabinet will not change the tribunal’s status as an “irrevocable, international judicial process, its work is not a matter of politics but of law.”

She said that the US’ support for Lebanon will not change and added that Washington will continue to work with Prime Minister Saad Hariri in his position as head of the caretaker government.

Connelly called on all political factions to remain calm and exercise restraint at this critical time.

“We urge all the parties in Lebanon to work together to find a solution for the numerous issues in front of the Lebanese people. It is now more important than ever that all sides commit to constructive dialogue and avoid escalating tensions in the country,” the ambassador emphasized.

“We expect a new government will emerge through constitutional procedures, and our strong partnership with Lebanon will endure,” she concluded.



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