US ambassador to Lebanon summoned amid tension

January 17, 2011 16:05

BEIRUT  - An official in Lebanon's Foreign Ministry says the US ambassador has been summoned over accusations that she is interfering with the country's political process.

The official said Monday that the foreign minister asked US Ambassador Maura Connelly to clarify the circumstances behind her visit this weekend with lawmaker Nicolas Fattouch.Fattouch is seen as a key "undecided" lawmaker as Lebanon's rival political factions scramble to form a new government. Last week, Hizbullah ministers and their allies forced the Western-backed government to collapse by resigning their posts.

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