Feltman in Beirut to meet with Key Lebanese officials

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beirut Thursday evening and was received at the airport by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly under high security measures, NNA reported

He is expected to meet with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati.

Feltman may also meet with caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is currently out of the country and is also scheduled to meet with political officials over a dinner banquet at the U.S. Embassy according to local reports

Feltman’s arrival coincided with U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy speech on the Middle East .

His trip also comes amid three major developments: the turmoil in Syria and its implications on Lebanon, Sunday’s deadly protests in the Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras in which 11 Palestinian refugees were killed and 112 were wounded by Israeli forces, and the Lebanese cabinet formation deadlock.

Feltman who served as the United States Ambassador to Lebanon from July 2004 to January 2008 is very popular with the March 14 alliance , but not with the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance. In 2006 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, dubbed Fouad Siniora’s government in Lebanon as the “Feltman Government”.

Some parties in the March 8 alliance have waged a campaign against Feltman’s visit in a bid to depict it as being about the cabinet formation process.

  • eliasfd

    Thank you for coming now go home..Ahhet..

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for coming now go home..Ahhet..

  • eliasfd

    Every time this Squirrel shows up in Lebanon means gloom and doom. I wish they won’t let him in the country.

    • libnan1

      Affirmative, this dude looks retarded. It’s an insult for M14 to meet with this Feltman guy. 

      • Arabskeepkillingeachother

        Maybe he’s just listening to what is going on in your country , maybe he just needs to know it won’t be a launch pad for missles or terrorist attacks ( oh to late for that ) . How do you know what he’s truly doing there ? Who cares what he looks like ? Would it be better if the US just stayed away from every country in the Middle East ( my preference ) ? Just let Irans leader stop by , or Assad , I mean they are your neighbors….maybe they can help better than anyone to give you a goveremnt …. when the US ignores countries …. they all say ‘ Why don’t you help out ‘ , When they try to engage or influence or donate or whatever its ‘ why are you here , go away ‘ …its just a damn mess isn’t it …. 

  • eliasfd

    Every time this Squirrel shows up in Lebanon means gloom and doom. I wish they won’t let him in the country.

    • libnan1

      Affirmative, this dude looks retarded. It’s an insult for M14 to meet with this Feltman guy. 

  • Anonymous

    Every time this Squirrel shows up in Lebanon means gloom and doom. I wish they won’t let him in the country.

    • Anonymous

      Affirmative, this dude looks retarded. It’s an insult for M14 to meet with this Feltman guy. 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe he’s just listening to what is going on in your country , maybe he just needs to know it won’t be a launch pad for missles or terrorist attacks ( oh to late for that ) . How do you know what he’s truly doing there ? Who cares what he looks like ? Would it be better if the US just stayed away from every country in the Middle East ( my preference ) ? Just let Irans leader stop by , or Assad , I mean they are your neighbors….maybe they can help better than anyone to give you a goveremnt …. when the US ignores countries …. they all say ‘ Why don’t you help out ‘ , When they try to engage or influence or donate or whatever its ‘ why are you here , go away ‘ …its just a damn mess isn’t it …. 

  • PROPHET.T

    Feltman,
    Enough interfering in Lebanese affairs.
    Success and progress can not be accomplished by the interference of outsiders. Any
    Change must come from writhing. Go home Jeff.

  • PROPHET.T

    Feltman,
    Enough interfering in Lebanese affairs.
    Success and progress can not be accomplished by the interference of outsiders. Any
    Change must come from writhing. Go home Jeff.

  • PROPHET.T

    Feltman,
    Enough interfering in Lebanese affairs.
    Success and progress can not be accomplished by the interference of outsiders. Any
    Change must come from writhing. Go home Jeff.