US Pledges Extra $140 mln to Lebanon for Syrian Refugees

US Pledges Extra $140 mln to Lebanon for Syrian Refugees

"We also approved the salary scale with all the reforms that were included", added the PM.

Questions have once again been raised over US President Donald Trump's grasp on foreign policy after he appeared to misunderstand the role played by Lebanese militant organisation Hezbollah in the Middle East's complex geopolitics.

Hariri noted that previous ceasefires have not resolved the Syrian war and a solution for the conflict will ultimately only come through a political process.

On Tuesday, Hezbollah, a US -designated foreign terrorist organization, announced it was on the verge of ousting the Sunni terrorists from the area, and it called on those surviving to surrender to avoid further bloodshed.

Hariri for his part stressed that the Lebanese government "is committed to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 as well as all UNSC resolutions". "I want to congratulate American people because we're going to give you great health care".

The two leaders are expected to discuss issues relating to Hezbollah, Lebanon's autonomous Shiite militia which the United States identifies as a terrorist organization.




So while it is easy for Trump to view everything through his usual "Them: bad, us: good" lens, in reality, as far as Hariri and Hezbollah are concerned, much like your Facebook relationship status with that ex you still occasionally see, it's complicated. The jihadists have spilled over into the country from neighboring Syria.

"I want to thank the prime minister and the Lebanese people for giving shelter to those victimised by ISIS [ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], the Assad regime and their supporters and sponsors, and pledge our continued support to Lebanon", Trump said at a press conference with Hariri.

The prime minister and I have just concluded an extensive conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing Lebanon and its neighbors.

Negotiations began on Tuesday between Lebanese officials and the Nusra Front over the withdrawal of remaining militants to insurgent-held territory in Syria, he also said. We have watched the tremendous progress made in Lebanon; it's not easy. He also hoped to appeal to lawmakers to make sanctions against Hezbollah as specific as possible, so that they do not hurt Lebanon.

Hariri had on Monday met at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington with the Lebanese staff at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, his media office said in a statement. Foreign Policy reported that Lebanese lawmakers responded by lobbying their United States counterparts in Congress against the legislation.

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