Safadi welcomes US assistance to Lebanon


Lebanon Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi who is on an official visit to the United States said on Wednesday that the US is “always welcome” to assist Lebanon on the political and economic levels, according to a statement issued by his office.

“The US is always welcome to support Lebanon politically and economically and to assist the Lebanese army with all the necessary equipment to preserve stability in the country ,” Safadi told US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Dibble during their meeting in Washington, DC.

In turn, the US official said her country “does not intend to cut off aid to Lebanon.”

“Most of the officials in the US administration and in congress want to help Lebanon, especially following the decisions that the Lebanese government has taken,” Dibble said according to the statement, in reference to the funding of the Special tribunal for Lebanon ( STL)

Last week, Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the transfer of funding to the tribunal probing the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri, despite Hezbollah’s objections.

STL indicted four Hezbollah operatives, however, the Shiite group has repeatedly said the court is a US-Israeli plot targeting the Resistance and refuses to cooperate with it.