US top diplomat lands in Lebanon for talks

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo landed in Lebanon Friday (March 22nd) on the latest leg of his journey across the Middle East focused on building a regional united front against Iran, AFP reported.

"Pompeo met in Beirut today with Lebanese Minister of the Interior Raya al-Hassan," US deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said.

They "discussed the regional and internal security challenges facing Lebanon and how the US can help support the interior ministry’s efforts to maintain safety and stability inside Lebanon", he said.

Al-Hassan became the first woman interior minister in Lebanon and the Middle East in a cabinet line-up announced in January.

Pompeo also met Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, before heading to meet Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Pompeo is on a regional tour focused largely on Iran, which backs Lebanon's Hizbullah, and is expected to leave Lebanon on Saturday.

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