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Mike Pompeo to visit Lebanon over Hezbollah sanctions and Israel border dispute

Mike Pompeo to visit Lebanon over Hezbollah sanctions and Israel border dispute

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, is scheduled to make his very first trip to Lebanon. During the visit, he will be forced to walk a fine line. On the one hand, the US wants to continue supporting the institutions. On the other hand, it still wants the threat of possible sanctions to remain if it is discovered that US funds are getting diverted to Hezbollah. The US considers Hezbollah to be a militant group. Moreover, Hezbollah is known to have the backing of Iran.

Pompeo is scheduled to have a meeting with Michel Aoun, the President of Lebanon, and Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon. He will also be meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil as well as Nabih Berri, the Speaker of the House.

The US plans to keep continuing its yearly aid for the armed forces of Lebanon. The US positions the Lebanese army to be the legitimate defenders of Lebanon in contrast to the Hezbollah and also the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Another issue that the Trump administration wants to make progress on is the ongoing maritime border dispute that Lebanon has with Israel. The issues at the heart of the matter are gas and oil exploration.

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