"President (Barack) Obama remains committed to actively and aggressively seeking comprehensive peace in the Middle East. This includes supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state as a homeland for the Palestinian people as soon as possible. Lebanon will play a key role in the long-term effort to build lasting and comprehensive peace and stability in the Middle East. Clearly, there can be no lasting solution reached at Lebanon's expense. And we look forward to continuing to work with Lebanon to build this solution. I also want to congratulate the Lebanese people for holding successful parliamentary elections last Sunday. These elections were an important milestone for this country. The United States remains steadfast in its support for a sovereign, free and independent Lebanon. We look forward to continuing to build our strong bilateral relations, to working with the new government, including in the effort to bring comprehensive peace and stability in the entire Middle East. Thank you all very much."