Kerry's Deputy Meets Lebanese Leaders: Hizbullah Actions in Syria Bad for People of Syria, Lebanon

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Monday that “Hizbullah's actions” in Syria are “bad for the people of Syria and Lebanon,” as he noted that “those blocking” the presidential vote “should be held to public account.”

“The Prime Minister and I reviewed developments in the region, including the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on the elements of a comprehensive plan to deal with Iran’s nuclear program that were decided last week in Lausanne, as well as the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and the future of Middle East peace,” said Blinken after meeting PM Tammam Salam in Msaitbeh.

He described Lebanon as a “strong partner” in the anti-terror efforts in the region.

“That is why we have increased and expedited our assistance to Lebanon,” he said.

Blinken warned that “Hizbullah’s support for (Syrian President Bashar) Assad -- indeed the lifeline it provides -- serves only to prolong the conflict and suffering, provides Daesh with a recruitment tool, and causes more refugees to flee to Lebanon.”

“Hizbullah’s actions in Syria are bad for the people of Syria and Lebanon,” he added.

Turning to Lebanon's presidential vacuum, the U.S. official said “to tackle the many challenges confronting the region today, Lebanon needs every part of its government functioning effectively.”

“It cannot face these historic challenges with an empty chair. Electing a president will not solve all of these problems, but it will be a critical step in the right direction,” he underlined.

The senior U.S. diplomat urged Lebanon’s leaders “not to look outside of their country” for a resolution to the presidential gridlock, calling on them to “find a solution from within.”

“Responsible voices in the international community will support you. But unless and until a president is chosen, the erosion of Lebanon’s political institutions will only deepen,” he added.

“We once again call on Lebanon’s parliament to elect a president as soon as possible, in accordance with the Constitution and the National Pact,” said Blinken.

He pointed out, however, that the election of a president is “a decision entirely for the Lebanese to take.”

“They must take it and those blocking formation of a parliamentary quorum should be held to public account,” Blinken added.

Earlier on Monday, Blinken met with Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, with whom he discussed the issues of terrorism, foreign fighters and ways to combat terror.

Discussions also focused on the Iranian nuclear file and the repercussions of the deal signed last week between world powers and Iran.

A day earlier, the visiting U.S. official held talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

The meeting was attended by several ministers representing the PSP in Salam's cabinet, lawmakers from Jumblat's parliamentary bloc and former MP Ghattas Khoury, who is al-Mustaqbal movement leader Saad Hariri's adviser.

Jumblat later threw a dinner banquet in Blinken's honor.

The meeting between the visiting U.S. official and the Lebanese politicians was an occasion to discuss several international issues, including the nuclear deal, Hamadeh told Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).

The talks also focused on the situation in Lebanon amid the vacuum at the Baabda Palace.

Lebanon has been without a head of state since President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ended in May last year.

Blinken told MTV that the U.S. will continue to support Lebanon and the Lebanese to enable the country to confront the burden of Syrian refugees.

He hoped that the agreement on Iran's nukes would stop the Islamic Republic from backing “terrorist” organizations.

Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia after his Beirut trip, said Hamadeh.

Y.R./G.K.

Comments 20
Thumb whyaskwhy 06 April 2015, 09:14

the cats outta the bag now we should know who was sold for how little...

Missing humble 06 April 2015, 09:29

Jumbo will tell him what he thinks of Ebola, Iran and the Butcher...

Default-user-icon speakteezly (Guest) 06 April 2015, 11:30

excellent point you make @speakfreely

Default-user-icon flamethrower (Guest) 06 April 2015, 11:31

maroun
do you know why I was repeatedly banned and humiliated?

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 06 April 2015, 11:33

does anybody know why flamethrower and I disappeared at the same time?

Thumb freedomarch 06 April 2015, 19:09

Vacation with ...mmmm...himself ?

Thumb freedomarch 06 April 2015, 19:11

Propaganda reached the end of its goals, Iran islamic Republic retrieving their media operative. ?

Missing humble 06 April 2015, 23:31

Fact : In 2006 most of the Lebanese supported HA, and nearly all the Arab world.
Fact : In 2015, less than ten years after, more than half the Lebanese are against Ebola and nearly the whole Arab world.

Be HUMBLE and admit that Your strategy was totally wrong.
That Your obedience to Iran is entirely wrong.

Become a true unarmed Lebanese party and we will welcome you with LOVE

Missing humble 06 April 2015, 23:36

“Responsible voices in the international community will support you. But unless and until a president is chosen, the erosion of Lebanon’s political institutions will only deepen,” he added.

This is exactly what Ebola and the Caporal are doing: destroying the institutions...

Thumb Mystic 07 April 2015, 02:04

Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia, after his trip in Beirut. Enough said

Thumb tric.portugal 07 April 2015, 04:09

"Kerry's Deputy Meets Lebanese Leaders: Hizbullah Actions in Syria Bad for People of Syria, Lebanon"
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what !!??? the Great Aliance Qatar-Saudis-Turkey-Israel Actions in Syria are Good for People of Syria, Lebanon!!??... Geagea are the candidate of the Militar Aliance takfir-jew-whaabis in Lebanon...Aoun to President!

Thumb tric.portugal 07 April 2015, 04:48

"Blinken warned that “Hizbullah’s support for (Syrian President Bashar) Assad -- indeed the lifeline it provides -- serves only to prolong the conflict and suffering, provides Daesh with a recruitment tool, and causes more refugees to flee to Lebanon.”
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Hizbollahh are in war with Al-Qaeda...

Thumb eagledawn 07 April 2015, 09:06

where?

Missing bigjohn 07 April 2015, 17:35

Almost the entire ARMED opposition are ISIL, AL QAIDA GROUPS, and other Extremist Islamists! Who just seized Idlib, and Yarmouk refugee camp? Where are those 5,000 men the US and its puppets are training to "liberate Syria"?

Thumb tric.portugal 07 April 2015, 04:59

the Saudis are forming the new military aliance in the Mediterranic, the All-Qaeda Army ! with support of United States...

Default-user-icon LeboMan (Guest) 07 April 2015, 11:14

Seriously, why Iran puppets are so obsessed with liberating Palestine when they have not made any step further in the last 30 yrs? Why are they determined of being a Persian slave and not Lebanese? What does Iran have that made them pledge their allegiance to her only? lets be honest what have we seen is more casualties from our side, people fleeing their hometown for better life, hunger for money, hatred and crimes.

Thumb -phoenix1 07 April 2015, 12:52

Two extremely critical areas must be addressed now, First, to provide the army with all the support it needs and without any delay or procrastination, Two: Get a new president elected yesterday before today. Finally, the last nail has been placed on the aspiration of Aoun the claoun's presidential coffin. We've come a very long way these past couple of years, Lebanon has proven well beyond any doubt that it given the means, it can not only defend itself by itself but also govern itself by itself, so, under NO circumstances whatsoever would we or anyone else for that matter let a jester claoun like Aoun come to ruin it all in one day. Hezbollah seemingly does not swim until the tide has gone down, but now Tehran may hold some bad news for it and its reticent claoun.

Thumb whyaskwhy 07 April 2015, 15:07

Well thats Blinken good news if it does mean Clown has met the ebb of his own elbow with his tongue. It boggles the mind of the average Circus member how a person who is supported by Kizballah, Syria and Iran to the hilt is not popular with the Lebanese? Blinken good!

Missing bigjohn 07 April 2015, 17:31

Blinken warned that “Hizbullah’s support for (Syrian President Bashar) Assad -- indeed the lifeline it provides -- serves only to prolong the conflict and suffering, provides Daesh with a recruitment tool, and causes more refugees to flee to Lebanon.”
“Hizbullah’s actions in Syria are bad for the people of Syria and Lebanon,” he added."... What??????????????? So if Assad leaves, the Islamist extremists whether they are ISIL, AL Qaida, or other Islamist extremists will become "moderate" and lay down their guns??? Is this man really thinks that the 5,000 man FSA they are training forever can take over Syria? Also, America's and its puppet allies who are bombing Syria do not provide extremists with "recruitments"??? Maybe this ignorant details works by the ignorant American public, but NOT by the Natives!

Missing bigjohn 07 April 2015, 17:36

What this dope should be asked is that the KSA intelligence said that they helped the Al Qaida seize Idlib even though Al Qaeda is on the US RERRORIST LIST!