Kerry Offers Condolences to Suleiman, Reiterates U.S. Support for Army and State

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered condolences to President Michel Suleiman on Thursday for the victims of the Lebanese army who were killed in the Abra clashes, reiterating Washington's support for the military and the state.

Kerry praised in a phone call with Suleiman the army which proved to be the sole guarantor of stability and civil peace, a presidential statement said.

He praised the policy adopted by Suleiman to maintain internal stability.

The problematic issue of Syrian refugees was one of the issues tackled, taking into consideration the spiking number of refugees heading to Lebanon escaping the bloodshed in Syria, the statement said.

Kerry pointed to the necessity to offer special assistance in that regard, in light of the huge burden on the security, social and demographic levels, it said.

Discussions touched on the situation in the region mainly in Syria and the ongoing consultations regarding the Geneva 2 conference to discuss the possible solutions that satisfy both sides of the conflict in Syria, it added.

Eighteen soldiers were killed in two days of battles on Sunday when the Lebanese army clashed with radical Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Asir's armed supporters.

Comments 7
Thumb benzona 27 June 2013, 15:08

Kerry should offer his condolences to us, Lebanon's army is dead.... It's now under the orders of HA.

Thumb lebanon_first 27 June 2013, 15:59

Thank You Mr. Kerry.

1-Now that we are fighting "alqaeda", please send us some real equipment and give our solidiers more training to build our army that you have kept underarmed for so long.

2- You americans are good at lobbying. Lobby your clients Qatar and Saudi the two hypocrit states to take each 200,000 syrian refugees instead of dumping them all in our lebanon and permitting them to wreak havoc.

Thumb lebanon_first 27 June 2013, 16:20

good idea... buy 1 get 1 free...

Thumb sophia_angle 27 June 2013, 16:10

Asir is like a cancer in the body that should be cleaned well before it emerges back again

Missing allouchi 27 June 2013, 16:49

God bless Lebanon and the USA.

Thumb chrisrushlau 27 June 2013, 19:32

Kerry endorses racism of Lebanon's electoral system. World stands amazed.

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