Report: US urges election not dialogue, says Le Drian's Oct. visit should be last


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf told the French representative at the latest New York meeting of the five-nation group that the objective in Lebanon is not dialogue but rather the election of a president, a media report said.

"France's representative responded by saying that (French Special Presidential Envoy for Lebanon Jean-Yves) Le Drian would visit Lebanon in early October only to be interrupted again by the U.S. envoy, who said that this visit in October must be the last," the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported on Saturday.

Leaf also said, according to the daily, that her country cannot continue its assistance to the Lebanese Army in the absence of a comprehensive political solution.