Lebanese Unity Government Collapses – PM Visits Obama in White House

January 12, 2011

Hizbullah rockets

Photo: Associated Press via The Jerusalem Post

Lebanon’s year-old unity government collapsed Wednesday after Hizbullah ministers and their allies resigned over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The walkout ushers in the country’s worst political crisis since 2008 in one of the most volatile corners of the Middle East.

Read full article here.

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The President Mees with Prime Minister Hariri on Stability and Justice in Lebanon

January 12, 2011

Excerpt from The White House Blog:

The efforts by the Hizballah-led coalition to collapse the Lebanese government only demonstrate their own fear and determination to block the government’s ability to conduct its business and advance the aspirations of all of the Lebanese people.

View full readout here.

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon in the Oval Office, January 12, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

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