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Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008

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BEIRUT, Lebanon: The commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, met senior Lebanese officials on Tuesday to discuss American military aid to Lebanese troops, the state-run news agency reported.

The National News Agency said Petraeus held talks with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora before meeting with army commander Gen. Jean Kahwaji at the latter's office at the Defense Ministry east of Beirut.

Petraeus discussed with Kahwaji the U.S. military assistance program for the Lebanese army and "ways of energizing cooperation in the fields of training and logistics," the report added.

A U.S. Embassy statement said Petraeus' meeting with Saniora and Kahwaji focused on continued U.S. assistance to the Lebanese armed forces so they "can maintain peace and stability, and safeguard the Lebanese people."

The U.S. Government has provided over $410 million in military aid to the Lebanese army, according to the statement. It said the U.S. will continue to support the "legitimate institutions of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people as they seek to preserve their independence and security."

The United States has sharply increased its military aid to Lebanon since the 2006 war between the militant Hezbollah group and Israel in a show of support for Saniora's government. The U.S. assistance includes equipment and training.

The American commander, whose visit was unannounced, left Lebanon a few hours later.

 

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