US Government "closely monitoring" situation in Lebanon

January 14, 2011 01:30

The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Lebanon after Hizbullah on Wednesday pulled out of the Beirut government causing it to collapse, AFP reported Thursday quoting US officials.

"We do know that political tension, unrest and especially any violence that might follow are threats to regional stability and security," AFP quoted Pentagon spokesman David Lapan as saying. The Pentagon spokesman stressed that "the US government desires that all parties use peaceful means to resolve the situation. We continue to monitor the situation very closely."

The US "has a valuable relationship with Lebanese armed forces and we're committed to do what we can to strengthen the sovereignty of the institutions as well as of the government of Lebanon," Lappan added, as quoted by AFP.

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