British Ambassador Tom Fletcher today called on Lebanon’s new Prime Minister, Tammam Salam. During the meeting, Ambassador Fletcher and Prime Minister Salam discussed the pressing issues facing the new government, including the need to reinforce Lebanon’s security, help the 930,000 refugees from Syria, hold presidential elections in line with the constitution, and maintain Lebanon’s neutrality in relation to the conflict in Syria.
Ambassador Fletcher passed on a message of congratulations from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, pledging the UK’s continued support for Lebanon’s stability.
Speaking after the meeting, Ambassador Fletcher said:
“I congratulated Prime Minister Salam on the formation of a new government. There are huge challenges ahead, but the formation of a government shows that positive politics is fighting back. This is a ‘made in Lebanon’ government, and it now needs to deliver for the Lebanese people.”
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The UK is currently delivering over $200 million (£129 million) in security, humanitarian and development support to Lebanon.