Beirut – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Washington with US President Donald Trump to discuss a number of issues concerning Lebanon, including the fight against terrorism and the support to the Lebanese Army, in addition to the new financial sanctions that the US Administration intends to impose on Hezbollah and the means to avoid their impact on the country’s banking system.
On the second day of his visit to Washington, Hariri met with Administration officials and members of the Senate and Congress, with whom he tackled the situation in the country and the region, efforts to counter terrorism and Lebanon’s aspirations with regards to international and US support at this critical stage, which sees the Army fighting terrorist groups along the Lebanese borders.
Hariri also met on Monday with the Lebanese staff at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In remarks on the occasion, the prime minister said: “Lebanon, as you know, is living a small miracle in a burning region. We were able to reach a kind of agreement to preserve the country especially that we see what is happening in Syria, Iraq and other Arab countries.”
“My only concern is to preserve Lebanon, try our best to protect its stability and improve the economy”, he added.
He stressed the need to promote partnerships with the World Bank in order to create job opportunities and to work on investment plans for the country’s infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Future Bloc MP Amin Wehbi underlined the importance of Hariri’s visit to the US, noting that it “indicates Lebanon’s central position in all international policies”.
“We study objectively and responsibly the importance of the role of Lebanon, in light of chaos sweeping many countries around the world,” he stated.
Meanwhile, sources said that the US Congress would soon adopt a new legislation to impose sanctions against Hezbollah.
In this regard, Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Pierre Bou Assi said that Hezbollah was part of the Iranian system.
“After a big absence of the administration of former President Barack Obama from the Lebanese arena and the Middle East, President Donald Trump’s Administration came to settle things,” he stated.