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David Cameron meets PM of Lebanon

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Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon to Downing Street for talks

Speaking before their meeting, Mr Cameron emphasised the importance of stability and security in Lebanon.

The PM also stated his support for the United Nations Special Tribunal to try all those who are alleged to be responsible for an attack in Beirut in February 2005 that led to the death of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others.

The PM said:

I am delighted to welcome Prime Minister Hariri to Downing Street. Prime Minister, I admire your leadership. Security and stability in Lebanon is an important priority for Britain in the Middle East and this meeting will allow us to build our relations further.

I am also a strong supporter of the Special Tribunal process. That work needs to take place and to take place independently to make sure that crimes do not go unpunished.

Prime Minister, welcome again, I am looking forward to our meeting, and let me say again that the British people are and always will be a friend to all the people of Lebanon.