Hizbullah arms of 'grave concern'

US says Obama to discuss Syria's arming of terrorists with Hariri.

May 22, 2010 11:11
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The US has “grave concerns” about Syria’s arming of Hizbullah in Lebanon, and will likely raise these concerns with Lebanese President Saad Hariri when the two meet on Monday, Reuters reported over the weekend.

The two will discuss a "broad range of mutual goals in support of Lebanon's sovereignty and independence, regional peace and security," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday.

Israel believes that Syria recently supplied Hizbullah with hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles, including Scud missiles and advanced M600 missiles capable of targeting Tel Aviv and causing extensive damage to Israel. Syria has denied the claims while Hizbullah has refused to respond to them. Hariri himself has denied denied the allegations, comparing them to the American charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ahead of the 2003 US-led invasion.

At their meeting, Obama and Hariri were also likely to discuss international efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear program. Lebanon is the current rotating president of the UN Security Council, a position it holds until May 31st.

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