(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) U.S. President Barack Obama called Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam to congratulate him on the Lebanese parliament's approval of the Prime Minister's cabinet, the White House announced
The White House said in a statement that Obama "commended the leadership of President (Michel) Sleiman and Prime Minister Salam during the government formation process and their efforts to form a cabinet to respond to the challenges facing Lebanon and to fulfill Lebanon's international obligations."
Obama "urged that the upcoming presidential elections be held on time and in keeping with the Lebanese constitution." "Recognizing the difficulties facing Lebanon due to the conflict in Syria, the President emphasized the importance of all parties observing Lebanon's policy of disassociation and thanked the Prime Minister for Lebanon's assistance to refugees from Syria," the statement stressed
It added that Obama "reaffirmed that the United States will continue to provide support to refugees and Lebanese host communities." Obama "reiterated the U.S. commitment to partnering with the Lebanese government, the Lebanese Armed Forces, and the Lebanese people to promote Lebanon's security, unity, and sovereignty."