U.S. concerned over security situation in Lebanon

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The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly underscored Friday that the United States remains concerned over the developments in Syria that affects security situation in Lebanon.

Connelly emphasized the "U.S. concern for the current security situation in Lebanon and called on all parties to exercise restraint and respect for Lebanon's security and stability."

In a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Beirut following a meeting of the ambassador with Lebanon's army commander General Jean Qahwaji, Connelly also stressed the United States' support in strengthening the capacity of the Lebanese army, "recognizing its importance... to secure Lebanon's borders and defend the sovereignty and independence of the state."

Connelly expressed the United States' "appreciation for the efforts of the Lebanese army and the Internal Security Forces to work together to maintain calm in Lebanon."

The ambassador renewed "the commitment of the United States to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon." Endi

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