Bush ”disturbed” by Syria's alleged presence in Lebanon
US President Bush said Friday that he's "disturbed" by reports that claim Syria is failing to live up to terms of a U.N. resolution that it withdraw all its forces and intelligence agents from Lebanon.
"I've been disturbed by reports I read in today's newspaper that said that Syrian intelligence officers might still be in Lebanon," Bush said, adding the message the United States and the United Nations are sending is that in order for Lebanon to be free, Syria must remove not just its military forces, but its intelligence officers as well.
"Obviously, we're going to follow up on these troubling reports and we expect the Syrian government to follow up on these troubling reports," Bush said, according to The AP.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Friday that the administration remains "deeply concerned about Syria's interference and intimidation inside Lebanon." "We have called on the United Nations to send verification teams back to Lebanon," McClellan said.
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