Hale to Urge Govt. Reflecting 'People's Will' on Lebanon Visit

W460

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will arrive in blast-hit Lebanon Thursday for a three-day visit.

A statement issued by the U.S. embassy said Hale will express his condolences to the Lebanese people for their losses as a result of the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4.

"He will reiterate the American government’s commitment to assist the Lebanese people in recovering from the tragedy and rebuilding their lives," the embassy said.

"In meetings with political leaders, civil society, and youth, Under Secretary Hale will stress the urgent need to embrace fundamental economic, financial, and governance reform, ending endemic corruption, bringing accountability and transparency, and introducing widespread state control through functioning institutions," the embassy added.

Hale will also underscore "America’s willingness to support any government that reflects the will of the people and is genuinely committed to and acting upon such a reform agenda."

SourceNaharnet
Comments 4
Thumb chrisrushlau 13 August 2020, 16:48

He is unfamiliar with Article 24 of the Lebanese Constitution which assigns half of the seats in the national legislature to Christians who are by latest estimates about a third of the population.

Thumb lebnanfirst 14 August 2020, 08:33

Fully aware one is sure of it. Thing is this formula works for a multi confessional society like ours. The alternative, Federation. Lot more Muslims from both sects will opt to join a predominantly Christian Federation adopting Western style democratic governance system and social values.
Such was the Lebanon of the Sixties If you are old enough to remember.
Take your pick.

Missing levant 13 August 2020, 17:08

Mr Hale PLEASE; no more talk and diplomatic cryptic language. PLEASE rid us o= of this iranian plague so Lebanon can get on with thriving and the people living. If you are protectors of democracy surely this needs to be your goal in Lebanon. You know you have strong allies in Lebanon (bar the brainwashed sheep in the southern suburbs of Beirut-they much rather iran and syria which is mind boggling). Please something concrete this time.

Thumb tric.portugal 13 August 2020, 17:27

Convert or die...