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Hezbollah-backed Lebanon PM meets US ambassador

Hezbollah-backed Lebanon PM meets US ambassador

The billionaire chosen by Hezbollah to become prime minister of Lebanon has told the U.S. ambassador that he is committed to having good ties with Washington.
Najib Mikati's office says he met with U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly on Thursday, days after Washington warned that the formation of a government dominated by the Shiite militant group would mean changes in relations with Lebanon.
The Shiite group and its allies toppled Lebanon's Western-backed government two weeks ago and secured enough support in parliament to name Mikati as their pick for prime minister Tuesday.
Opponents of Hezbollah say having an Iranian proxy at the helm of Lebanon's government would be disastrous and lead to international isolation.


Updated : 2021-10-18 03:00 GMT+08:00