BEIRUT, — New U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon stressed Friday that she will seek “to strengthen the bilateral long-standing partnership and support Lebanon’s stability and prosperity,” according to a statement by the U.S. embassy in Lebanon.

“I had the great honor to meet with Foreign Minister today upon my arrival as the new U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon. I could not be more thrilled and honored to serve as President Obama’s representative to Lebanon,” Elizabeth H. Richard said following meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil.

“As I begin my time in Lebanon, I look forward to strengthening our countries’ long-standing partnership,” she added.

“The American-Lebanese relationship is built on a solid foundation of shared values. It has grown even stronger in recent years, and America has stood side by side with Lebanon as it has faced an array of challenges,” remarked Richard.

“I look forward to building on the work of my predecessors and continuing our support for Lebanon’s security, stability and prosperity,” she concluded.

Richard arrived in Lebanon on July 11 following confirmation of her appointment by the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2016.

Source: Name News Network

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