Prime Minister Salam and I met today to take stock following Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to Lebanon and the meeting last week of the International Support Group in New York.
I welcomed the ongoing political dialogue and the efforts to address the challenges facing the country. These include the election of a President, delivery of public services and the resolution of the current political impasse to restore a functioning government.
Given these turbulent times in the region, political leaders need to cooperate and compromise, and act in Lebanon’s national interest to preserve and strengthen state institutions.
I reiterated to the PM the UK’s continued and unwavering support for Lebanon’s stability and security. We announced a further $37 million of support in New York, is in addition to the $53 million announced by Prime Minister Cameron, to fund Lebanese schools and continue supporting the Lebanese Army.