Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 22, 2019

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met in Beirut today with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri. They discussed a number of issues related to the Lebanese economy and implementation of critical reforms, as well as the need to maintain calm along the boundary between Lebanon and Israel. Secretary Pompeo expressed hope that Lebanon would be able to join the other states of the Eastern Mediterranean in developing offshore resources in a manner of benefit to all the people of Lebanon. He highlighted U.S. concerns about Hizballah’s destabilizing activities in Lebanon and the region and the risks posed to Lebanon’s security, stability, and prosperity.