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US Ambassador to UN receives Lebanese American Delegation

Press Release - Ocotober 17, 2007, Washington DC

Washington, D.C. - United States Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad received a delegation from the Lebanese American community at the US Mission in New York on Wednesday October 17, 2007 to discuss possible resolutions for the territorial neutrality of Lebanon and the presence of Palestinians refugees in Lebanon, their humanitarian plight and the problems that this has created in light of the Naher El-Bared war.  Other issues related to US policies in Lebanon and the Middle East were discussed.  The delegation included Mr. Haleem Zehinni, Dr. James Moises, Dr. Jack Thome, Dr. George Cody, and Mr. Ray Debbane, also attending the meeting the Honorable Walid Maalouf, Director of Public Diplomacy at USAID & Former USUN Public Delegate.  

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad promised to study the ideas brought fourth. He also confirmed the US position regarding the Lebanese presidential elections of having a president made in Lebanon without any regional and international interference and that the United Nations is looking forward to see a new president within the frame time of the constitution, and that the U.S. will not recognize two Lebanese governments. Regarding the international tribunal he explained that it is moving fast and it should be established soon and operational early next year. Mr. Maalouf thought that the meeting was very productive and said that the Palestinian refugees, it was agreed, represent a humanitarian tragedy and that all concerned should do their best to improve their lives and afford them better opportunities in this world and that the international community has to work on a solution to their plight. 

LARP is committed to support the Lebanese government’s institutions, to lift up the spirit of the Lebanese people and, in consultation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office in Beirut, to assist the private and public sectors to foster projects that help stimulate economic growth and provide possible donations in order to encourage local governments and enhance the sovereignty of Lebanon.