U.S. welcomes discussions over forming new cabinet in Lebanon

2012-11-16 15:43:30 GMT2012-11-16 23:43:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIRUT, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly praised Friday the discussions aimed at forming a new government in Lebanon.

According to a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Lebanon, Connelly welcomed following her meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati "the efforts of responsible leaders, under President Michel Suleiman's leadership, to discuss the way forward for a government that reflects the aspirations of the Lebanese people and strengthens Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, and independence."

The statement said the ambassador and the prime minister discussed the political and security situation in Lebanon and in the region.

Connelly called on all parties to exercise restraint and respect for Lebanon's stability and security, and reiterated the commitment of the United States to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

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