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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets with a US Congress delegation at the Grand Serail on Wednesday. (Dalati & Nohra)

Beirut – A delegation from the US Congress visited Beirut on Wednesday and discussed with Lebanese officials US aid to the country.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met with the delegation at the Grand Serail, where talks focused on several issues, including US aid to the Lebanese security apparatuses.

Headed by US Republican Congressman Harold Rogers, the delegation comprised six congressmen.

A statement by the US embassy in Beirut said: “Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) led a delegation of six Congressmen including Representatives David Price (D-NC), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), David Joyce (R-OH), and Evan Jenkins (R-WV) to visit Lebanon on April 12.”

“The delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Joseph Aoun during their visit and discussed the close relationship and security cooperation between the United States and Lebanon,” the statement added.

The statement also said that the delegation’s visit underscored Washington’s support for Lebanon, the Lebanese Armed Forces, and Lebanon’s legitimate security institutions.

Hariri met the delegation in the presence of the US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, the premier’s media office said in a statement.

Discussions touched on the developments in Lebanon and the region, as well as the issue of American aid to the Lebanese army and security forces.

According to the statement, the meeting reaffirmed the US continued support for Lebanon, the army and security apparatuses.