House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Wednesday welcomed at his Ain El-Tineh residence, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale, accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy C. Shea.
Following the meeting, Hale stated: “America and its international partners are greatly concerned with the failure here to advance the critical reform agenda long demanded by the Lebanese people.”
“I’ll have more to say upon the conclusion of my meetings tomorrow. But my message in today’s meetings is simple: America and the international community are ready to help. But we can do nothing meaningful without a Lebanese partner.”
“It is time now to call on Lebanese leaders to show sufficient flexibility to form a government that is willing and capable of true and fundamental reform.”
Hale also visited Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, at his Beit-al-Wasat residence, as discussions reportedly touched on the latest political developments in Lebanon and the region, as well as the bilateral relations between the two countries.