Salam discusses current situation with Emirati Ambassador, US diplomat

November 06, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, on Friday welcomed at the Grand Serail Emirati Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamad al-Shamsi, with whom he discussed the current situation and latest developments in the country and the broader Arab region.

The pair also reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Salam later met with US Charge d’Affaires in Lebanon, Richard Jones, over most recent developments.

“It is a great honor for me to return to Lebanon. Despite many things changed since I have been here, one thing remains the same: US commitment towards Lebanon and towards our common democratic values,” the diplomat told reporters following the meeting.

“I discussed with the Prime Minister an array of political, economic and security affairs, in addition to the humanitarian challenges Lebanon is responding to today. I have told PM Salam that the US will remain a constant partner for Lebanon as it continues to face the threats resulting from the extension of the Syrian crisis,” he indicated.

“We will work dauntlessly, during my stay here, to secure that the American aids in the military, economic, and humanitarian fields persist, for the sake of building a secure, prosperous, and stable Lebanon,” he said.

“US commitment to Lebanon’s security is more than just words. We have recently tales many tangible steps to prove this commitment,” he added.

“Like I told the Prime Minister, the White House has announced plans to enhance military support to help Lebanon defend its borders against violent extremism. This new support adds to the last announcement on USD 59 million devoted to help protect border security,” he noted.

“Lebanon has become the sixth biggest annual receiver of the foreign military funding from the US, and our assistance will continue in order to gear up the Lebanese army so that its capacities should be reinforced in the face of extremism,” he stressed.

“The US was and will remain generous. But the internal political stability cannot be bought or prepared from the outside. The Lebanese political leaders need to work together now to find solutions to the current challenges in order to end the political paralysis. In conclusion, the Cabinet, the Parliament, and a new president of the republic must return to working for the sake of the people,” he said.

“You must not doubt US standing by your side,” he concluded.

Among the Grand Serail’s itinerants, had also been State Prosecutor, Judge Samir Hammoud.

SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON