Trump to host Le­banese PM

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump will meet Le­banese Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri in Wash­ing­ton next week for talks on is­sues in­clud­ing refugees and com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism, the White House an­nounced Fri­day. An­a­lysts also an­tic­i­pate US aid will be high on the agenda of the July 25th talks at the White House, which has made clear its in­tent to slash its aid bud­get for Le­banon, on grounds that na­tional forces there have not ad­e­quately ap­plied US mil­i­tary sup­port to­wards rein­ing in Hezbol­lah.

“The two lead­ers will dis­cuss is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, in­clud­ing the fight against ter­ror­ism, the econ­omy, and refugees,” the White House said in a state­ment. “This meet­ing will serve as an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship,” the state­ment said, adding that the talks “will en­cour­age other in­ter­na­tional and re­gional part­ners to sup­port Le­banon as it faces a wide range of chal­lenges.”

The an­nounce­ment comes days af­ter US Am­bas­sador Nikki Haley ac­cused the Le­banon-based Hezbol­lah of amass­ing weapons and urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to dial up pres­sure on the pow­er­ful para­mil­i­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion to dis­arm. —AFP

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