Aoun Affirms to U.S. Official Keenness on Defense Strategy Talks


President Michel Aoun on Thursday told a visiting U.S. official that he is determined to call for national dialogue over a national defense strategy for the country.

Thanking the U.S. for the assistance it is offering to the Lebanese Army, Aoun reiterated his announcement that he is “determined to call for national dialogue over a defense strategy after the formation of the new government.”

Aoun voiced his remarks in a meeting with U.S. official Robert Karem, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. The meeting was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.

In an apparent reference to the U.S. sanctions on Iran, Aoun emphasized that “Lebanon is committed to combating any activity related to financing terrorism or laundering money.”

“The related laws in Lebanon are being implemented firmly and accurately and the international financial institutions have acknowledged this,” the president told the U.S. visitor.

Karem for his part said he was pleased to meet Aoun as he highlighted Washington's

“appreciation of the efforts he has exerted to develop the capabilities of the Lebanese Army,” Lebanon's National News Agency said.

He also expressed his country's desire to “reinforce ties between the Lebanese and U.S. militaries,” explaining Washington's stance on the situations in Lebanon and the region, NNA added.

Comments 4
Thumb Puppet 23 August 2018, 16:10

You ask me : "Puppet, do you respect general Aoun who is now president and Imam?"
I Answer : "I sure do"

You Ask me : "Puppet, why do you respect general Aoun who is now president and Imam?"
I Answer: " I dunno, I just do"

Thumb s.o.s 23 August 2018, 16:26

Now the US dispatch the assistant to the assistant’s assistance of the defense secretary. Basically nobodies, like this college kid. That’s how much respect they have for our country since Aoun seized power and set up his family run mafia.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 23 August 2018, 18:15

36 years ago today a strong Christian president was elected.

He was murdered by this strong Christian president's favorite regime. His murder is celebrated as a patriot and hides in an area controlled and protected by this strong Christian president's greatest allies. Is this strong Christian president going to ask his greatest allies to hand over the murder of another strong Christian president?

Thumb whyaskwhy 24 August 2018, 20:20

We have had a few short term leadership spurts ET but nothing that has made the nation whole long term. Since its inception the country has looked to the East or West for change. Clown above in the picture is a prime example of that, currently he is doing what his predecessors have done look to both sides without much success.