British Ambassador Designate Hugo Shorter met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ein El Tineh today. At the meeting, Shorter delivered a letter from Prime Minister David Cameron to Speaker Nabih Berri, paying tribute to his continued efforts to facilitate dialogue and help overcome the current political impasse.
Following his meeting Shorter said:
It was an honour to see Speaker Berri, at a time when he is playing a key role to address the important issues facing Lebanon. Just as my Prime Minister said when he visited Lebanon, the UK stands fully behind all those who work to build a stable and secure country. In this context we condemn today’s attack on the LAF in Arsal and extend our deepest sympathies to those injured and their families.
We discussed the importance of moving forward on key files which matter in the daily lives of the Lebanese people, as well as the need for Parliament to elect a President who can lead the country in these challenging times.
The UK remains committed to supporting Lebanon including our training and equipping of the Lebanese Armed Forces; our partnerships with 49 of the most affected municipalities; and supporting education for Lebanese and Syrian children in Lebanon.