Naharnet

Feltman to Visit Lebanon on Eve of U.S. Initiative towards Region

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to arrive in Beirut on Thursday on a one-day visit where he is set to hold talks with a number of high-ranking officials during the day, sources told Naharnet on Wednesday.

He is scheduled to later meet political officials over a dinner banquet at the U.S. Embassy.

A Western diplomat told al-Liwaa daily published Wednesday that the visit comes on the eve of a new U.S. initiative on the Middle East and the peace process.

His trip also comes amid three major developments: The turmoil in Syria and its implications on Lebanon, the demonstrations at Maroun al-Ras and the Israeli attack on protestors and the cabinet deadlock in Lebanon.


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