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Bou Assi Stresses Need to Boost Lebanon Stability in U.S. Talks

Oct 12

Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi of the Lebanese Forces held a series of intensified meetings on the first day of his visit to the U.S. capital, the National News Agency said on Wednesday.

Bou Assi held talks at the U.S. State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

During his meetings with State Department officials Brian Hook, Simon Henshaw and Michael Ratney, the minister underscored “the importance of strengthening Lebanon’s stability and the need to keep it away from the policies of axes,” thanking the U.S. administration for its “support for the Lebanese Army and all Lebanese institutions.”

Bou Assi also underlined “the importance of the return of refugees to Syria as soon as possible, in light of the burdens that the refugee crisis is putting on Lebanon's infrastructure and labor market.” He was speaking at a Washington seminar on the situations of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.