US sets ‘red lines’ over political crisis in Lebanon

Published August 3rd, 2015 - 11:13 GMT

The United States has advised Lebanese officials to preserve Lebanon's stability by avoiding a vacuum in security institutions and the premiership as a result of their sharp differences, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

Washington has stressed there were three led lines that the officials should not cross, the newspaper said.

The first lies in preserving stability by guaranteeing the continued functioning of security institutions.

The institutions are under threat over a dispute on the extension of high-ranking security officials.

The US also warned the Lebanese officials to preserve the country's currency to stop socio-economic problems.

The third red line is the premiership. According to al-Joumhouria, the US has warned against a vacuum in the prime minister's post.

Premier Tammam Salam warned last week that all options are on the table when a dispute among cabinet members on the government's working mechanism and the appointment of security officials continued to grow.

In a related development, al-Joumhouria said that Ambassador David Hale traveled to Washington on Saturday on a ten-day mission aimed at briefing the US administration on the situation in Lebanon.

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