U.S Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
December 22, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale concluded a two-day trip to Lebanon where he met with government officials, including President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and political party representatives. Under Secretary Hale encouraged the Lebanese leaders to put aside partisan interests and support formation of a government committed to and capable of undertaking meaningful, sustained reforms. The Under Secretary called on the government, army, and security services to continue to guarantee the rights and safety of protesters. He reaffirmed America’s longstanding partnership and enduring commitment to a secure, stable, and prosperous Lebanon.