Lieberman Meets Miqati, Jumblat: Ties with Cabinet are Linked to its Commitment to STL


U.S. Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman stressed on Tuesday that Washington is watching to see whether Lebanon's future government will respect the findings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Lieberman said after meeting with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati that the U.S. State Department considers Hizbullah a terrorist organization and any role the party has in the new government will affect how the U.S. deals with it.

For his part McCain said that he is keen on the formation of a government that would represent the Lebanese people.

The two senators were in Lebanon Tuesday to meet with Lebanese officials, where they held talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat in the presence of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly.