Monday, January 23, 2017

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East

Ambassador Michele J. Sison

U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
January 17, 2017


In Lebanon, we welcome the formation of a cabinet, and encourage the new Lebanese government and President Michel Aoun to seize this opportunity to respond to the needs of the Lebanese people, and to address the pressing security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing the country.

The United States reaffirms its strong commitment to Lebanon’s security, stability, and sovereignty, and we look to all parties in Lebanon to uphold Lebanon’s international obligations, including those contained in UN Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701.

We will continue to support Lebanon’s state institutions, including the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces, which defend Lebanon’s borders and contain violent spillover effects from the Syrian conflict.