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Written by US State Department   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack
State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack (Nov. 6):

Daily Press Briefing
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 6, 2007

 Yesterday’s Treasury Announcement 
 Message to Syria on Interference in Lebanese Affairs 

QUESTION: Do you know if Assistant Secretary Welch when he was in Paris last week, if he asked the French to take -- consider taking similar measures like the Treasury did yesterday on Lebanon?

MR. MCCORMACK: I don't know, Samir. I'm happy to ask him if he did.

QUESTION: And do you have anything to add on why you -- the Treasury selected these individuals? I mean, what --

MR. MCCORMACK: Right. Well, if you look at Treasury's announcement yesterday and, I think, how we talked about it yesterday, and these are individuals that were very clearly, in our view, identified as trying to interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs and trying to undermine the progress that this Lebanese Government is making in terms of establishing -- reestablishing its sovereignty, reestablishing Lebanon as a fully sovereign and independent state free from control by outside influences.

And these were individuals that were playing a role in trying to undermine those efforts and we thought it was appropriate not only as a practical matter to do these designations but also to send a message, and send a message to those who would try to interfere in the upcoming electoral processes in Lebanon that they should not try to interfere in Lebanon's affairs, that the world is watching, we are watching, and that Lebanon's neighbors are watching.

A great example of that is just the other day -- or on Tuesday -- I think it was Saturday or Sunday when -- Sunday -- Saturday, when the Secretary was in Istanbul, she had a meeting with a number of foreign ministers -- the French Foreign Minister, the Foreign Minister of the UAE, of Egypt, of Saudi Arabia, the Chairman of the Arab League. I don't want to leave anybody out. But they issued a statement that I think Tom gave to you yesterday sending a very clear message to Syria that they should not try to interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs.

So it's an important period coming up here in Lebanon, the next two and a half weeks. And it is our hope that this process will be one that is driven by Lebanese who are informed by Lebanese concerns and who want to try to build a better future for Lebanon.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MR. MCCORMACK: Thank you. -- oh, yeah.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MR. MCCORMACK: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 12:56 p.m.)

DPB # 196

Released on November 6, 2007


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