Richard Says New U.S. Embassy Compound Fills Her with 'Optimism for the Future'

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In a demonstration of the U.S.-Lebanese “enduring friendship and important bilateral partnership,” U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard on Thursday broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut, an Embassy statement said.

In her remarks at the ceremony, Richard said: “Breaking ground today on our New Embassy Compound is a strong message to the Lebanese people that we are with you for the long term. We intend to continue the spirit of cooperation and partnership that has defined our journey together for 200 years.”

The multi-building compound will be located in the suburb of Awkar on a 43-acre site. The compound will provide “a safe, secure, sustainable, and modern platform that supports U.S. Embassy staff in representing the U.S. Government to Lebanon and in conducting day-to-day diplomacy,” the Embassy said.

“That we are building a billion dollar facility on this site, overlooking your vibrant capital and the breathtaking Mediterranean, fills me with great optimism for the future. I hope you share that optimism – it is what fuels the next generation to continue the work that was done before them to build a secure, stable, and prosperous Lebanon,” Richard told the guests at the ceremony.

The facilities of the new compound represent “the best in American culture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution,” the Embassy said in it statement.

Professionals from the United States, Lebanon, and other countries will be working side-by-side to complete the new diplomatic facility.

Morphosis Architects of Culver City, California, is the architect for the project. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

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Thumb ashtah 1 month

“That we are building a billion dollar facility on this site, overlooking your vibrant capital and the breathtaking Mediterranean, fills me with great optimism for the future."

wow! A billion dollar 43 acre compound for an embassy overlooking the "vibrant capital and the breathtaking Mediterranean":))

and how are the Lebanese going to benefit from such a luxurious lifestyle of your overpaid and under qualified employees?

The question is how many U.S employees are needed to serve in a country of 4 million people?

Thumb ex-fpm 1 month

The Lebanese as usual would only see a 6x4 meter crowded non air-conditioned room where they will queue up begging for a visa.

Thumb ashtah 1 month

I am not questioning so much the trickle down effect of this project as much as I am questioning the justification for cutting or defunding essential programs in the USA in favor of building such a huge compound in Lebanon.

Some of these programs are : PBS, Climate Change Research, National endowment for the Arts, Minority Business Development Agency, Community Learning Center Programs, Teacher Quality Partnership, Alternative Energy Research, Health Profession and Nursing Training Programs, National Wildlife Refuge Fund, Planned Parenthood, etc.

Thumb i.report 1 month

Guess who'll try to blow it up again... the broke Hezbala or Hezbalaflouz if you prefer.