Tuesday, June 22

Aoun to Karem: We hope the United States will adopt a policy that promotes peace in the region

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, expressed his hope that "the United States of America would adopt a policy to promote peace in the Middle East and the world at large, since that would bring tranquility and stability to the people."

"Lebanon is committed to implementing UN Security Council Resolution # 1701 with all its stipulations," Aoun told US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, Robert Story Karem, during their meeting at Baabda Palace today, in the presence of US Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.

The President called on the United States "to exert pressure on Israel to stop its violations of Lebanese sovereignty, especially the national airspace that is subject to continuous breaches by enemy warplanes to bomb Syrian territories."

He also stressed "the importance of Washington's support to renew the mandate of UNIFIL, without any modification in its functions, number and budget, because this helps in maintaining stability, especially that the Lebanese army is aiding the international forces in their tasks and coordinating with them to this end."

President Aoun thanked the United States for its assistance to the Lebanese army, which "proved its high efficiency in its victory over terrorism and in carrying out all the tasks assigned to it, foremost of which is maintaining stability at home and eradicating active and dormant terrorist cells."

Meanwhile, the President reiterated his "intention to call for a national dialogue on the defense strategy after the new government is formed."

He also underlined "Lebanon's ongoing battle against any activity related to the financing of terrorism or money laundering," adding that "the laws adopted in Lebanon in this regard are applied firmly and accurately, as proven by the international financial institutions."

In turn, Karem said he was pleased to meet with President Aoun, referring to the United States' appreciation for his efforts to develop the capabilities of the Lebanese army.

Karem emphasized his country's desire to strengthen relations between the Lebanese and American armies, and explained his country's position on the situation in Lebanon and the region, outlining the US administration's adopted strategy in this area.

Source: National News Agency