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U.S. Relationship

City ruins of Baalbek, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
City ruins of Baalbek, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

U.S.-Lebanon Relations

Lebanon’s history since independence in 1943 has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country’s 1975-90 civil war was followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria long influenced Lebanon’s foreign and domestic
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City ruins of Baalbek, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

U.S. Assistance to Lebanon

Since 2006, the United States has provided more than $5.5 billion in total foreign assistance to Lebanon. Specifically, the United States has provided more than $3 billion in assistance since 2006 to address both economic support and security needs. This assistance aims to strengthen strategic partners such as Lebanon’s security forces; ensure key services reach the Lebanese people; preserve the
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City ruins of Baalbek, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Bilateral Economic Relations

Lebanon has historically been a free-market economy with a strong laissez-faire commercial tradition. Since the fall of 2019, however, Lebanon has been mired in an economic and financial crisis from which it has yet to recover. In March 2020, the government defaulted on $31 billion in eurobonds, dealing a significant blow to the country’s creditworthiness. As of April 2022, the
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Investment Climate Statements

The Investment Climate Statements analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses and provide information on the business climates.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

The U.S. delivers COVID vaccines to Lebanon.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since December, 2021 the United States has donated 613,340 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Lebanon. This includes 277,340 Moderna and 336,000 J&J doses. Of the 613,340 vaccine doses, 55% were donated in partnership with COVAX and 45% were donated through bilateral agreements.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

Learn more about our work Delivering Vaccines and on COVID-19 Recovery.

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