|21 November, 2019

United States ready to work with new Lebanese government, President Aoun tweets

United States is ready to work with a new Lebanese government that responds to needs of its people, President Trump said in a cable to Lebanese President Michael Aoun

A warship sails from Beirut headed for Cyprus July 23, 2006. Image for illustrative purposes.

A warship sails from Beirut headed for Cyprus July 23, 2006. Image for illustrative purposes.

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BEIRUT- The United States is ready to work with a new Lebanese government that responds to the needs of its people, President Donald Trump said in a cable to Lebanese President Michael Aoun, according to a tweet from Aoun on Thursday.

Lebanon is mired in a deep political crisis amid nationwide protests that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign on Oct. 29. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Lebanon's leaders to form a new government capable of enacting reforms and fighting corruption after Hariri's resignation.

(Reporting by Eric Knecht Editing by Gareth Jones) ((eric.knecht@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: eric.knecht.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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