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Aoun to US congressmen: To facilitate return of displaced Syrians

President Michel Aoun on Wednesday invited the US to "help Lebanon facilitate the return of the displaced Syrians to the safe areas in Syria, and not to wait for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis."

Aoun upped the call during his meeting at Baabda palace with Republican U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district Darrell Issa, accompanied by a delegation of congressmen and US Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.

The delegation has reportedly congratulated the President on the success of the recent parliamentary elections and his efforts in the defense of Lebanon and its sovereignty and stability.

For his part, the President maintained that "after the parliamentary elections and the formation of a new government, Lebanon will witness an advanced phase of political stability."

He also hoped that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri would manage to include all the national sides in his government, especially amid the looming challenges on several levels.

Moreover, Aoun broached Lebanon's position from the regional developments, namely in Syria, and shone light on "the condition along the Lebanese southern borders and the ongoing negotiations with Israel via the United Nations, to cease its attacks on the Lebanese air and maritime sovereignty, in addition to the cement separation wall building along borders off the Blue Line."

Accordingly, he indicated that the negotiations would last until reaching the sought goals, renewing Lebanon's commitment to UN resolution 1701 "while Israel continues to violate it."

Aoun did not fail to thank his guests for the support the US is offering to the Lebanese army "who succeeded in liberating the Lebanese outskirts of Bekaa from terrorists.

Source: National News Agency