| 9 December 2023, Saturday |

U.S. State Department: We do not consider current conditions suitable for Syrian refugees’ return.

The regional spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Samuel Warburg, stated, “The Quint Committee meeting was one of the most important meetings related to Middle East affairs. I don’t want to go into details, but it was an important opportunity for us to meet with America’s allies and partners to discuss the importance of the political process in Lebanon and the importance of forming a government.” He emphasized that “there is no disagreement among the parties gathered, as we all agree on the necessity of implementing the required economic reforms.”

Regarding the United States setting a specific timeline for presidential elections in Lebanon, Warburg denied what has been circulated, considering it an attempt to distort the U.S. position, which aims to choose Lebanon’s president and form a government at the appropriate time for the Lebanese people. He added, “We urge all Lebanese parties to expedite this process, but there is no truth to all these rumors.”

As for the invitation from the Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, for dialogue, the regional spokesperson mentioned America’s readiness to provide any necessary technical or technical assistance, saying, “No country has the right to impose its will on all Lebanese political components, and we will remain in communication with all parties,” referring to the meeting with our ambassador in Beirut, Dorothy Shea, and the Prime Minister of the caretaker government, Najib Mikati, and their discussions on these matters.

Meanwhile, Warburg condemned the targeting of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, saying, “We strongly condemn the shooting incident, and Shea has informed Mikati of our trust in the Lebanese security authorities to investigate this act. We await the results of the investigation, and there is no security concern in Beirut. We are taking all necessary measures to protect ourselves and maintaining close communication with security authorities to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.”

  • Sawt Beirut International