US Speaks to Lebanon over Violence in Neighboring Syria

The bloody conflict that has continued in Syria has had repercussions in Lebanon, including gun battles between supporters and opponents of the embattled Syrian regime. However, the two main political factions in Lebanon are trying to work things out with claims of praise from the United States.

According to Lebanon’s The Daily Star newspaper, Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “expressed US support for the Lebanese government’s policy to dissociate Lebanon from the developments in Syria and for the decisions of the National Dialogue Committee.”

That committee, according to The Daily Star, brought together in dialogue the rival March 8 and March 14 political movements for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half.

Those discussions included a commitment to dialogue and cooperation to prevent the Syrian crisis from buy adipex weight loss pills spreading into Lebanon. Syria effectively ruled Lebanon for years and the government-leading March 8 coalition has political ties to the Syrians. As an example, the Hezbollah terrorist organization, a key member of the coalition, is aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the US State Department press statement on the call between Clinton and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the two “discussed regional developments, including the violence in Syria and its effects on Lebanon. The Secretary voiced concern over recent incidents in Lebanon and expressed appreciation for the Prime Minister’s and other Lebanese leaders’ efforts to maintain calm.”

In a common refrain from the US since Syria withdrew its troops from Lebanon in 2005, Clinton “emphasized the United States’ commitment to a stable, independent, and sovereign Lebanon.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, June 15, 2012)