Rice seeks to bolster fragile gov't in Lebanon

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought on Tuesday to bolster the fragile government of Lebanon, the country that has fared best in a wave of violence and quasi-civil war that engulfed three Mideast nations where US-backed elections have been held. Rice held a morning meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora to close a two-day visit to Paris. "We have great admiration for the leadership of Prime Minister Saniora and his democratically elected government, which is a government that is working on behalf of all the Lebanese people for democracy and for freedom," said Rice. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Rice "emphasized our continued support as the government confronts the threat posed by violent extremism."