US diplomat, others meet to rally support for Lebanon

PARIS: The United States  says it will voice support for Lebanon’s “sovereignty, stability and independence” during a gathering of world diplomats in Paris.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others plan to attend Friday’s meeting hosted by France. It’s the first main gathering of key nations to discuss Lebanon’s future since a crisis erupted following Hariri’s resignation while in Saudi Arabia. Hariri has since rescinded his resignation.

 

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says Tillerson will affirm US support for Lebanon’s military. She says he will also encourage other nations to do more to constrain Hezbolla hand argue that doing so will lead to a “stronger, more stable Lebanon.”

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