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US asks all states to respect Lebanon's sovereignty

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today asked all states to respect Lebanon's sovereignty, independence, and constitutional processes, days after Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in

Hariri last week said in a TV broadcast from Riyadh he was stepping down because of an unspecified threat to his life. He also attacked Hezbollah and


and its Lebanese ally, the Shia group Hezbollah, claim that has detained Hariri and forced his resignation.

Praising Hariri, the said he has been a "trusted partner" of the US in strengthening Lebanese institutions, fighting terrorism, and protecting refugees.

"In this sensitive time, the United States also rejects any efforts by militias within Lebanon or by any foreign forces to threaten Lebanon's stability, undermine Lebanese institutions, or use Lebanon as a base from which to threaten others in the region," the said in a statement.

The Lebanese Armed Forces and other Lebanese state security forces are the only legitimate security authorities in Lebanon, it added.

The US firmly reiterates that the Lebanese Armed Forces and other Lebanese state security forces are the only legitimate security authorities in Lebanon, the statement said.

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 19:42 IST
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