November 21, 2019 / 12:57 PM / 18 days ago

United States ready to work with new Lebanese government, President Aoun tweets

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun presides a cabinet session at the Baabda palace, Lebanon October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States is ready to work with a new Lebanese government that responds to the needs of its people, President Donald Trump said in a cable to Lebanese President Michael Aoun, according to a tweet from Aoun on Thursday.

Lebanon is mired in a deep political crisis amid nationwide protests that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign on Oct. 29. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Lebanon’s leaders to form a new government capable of enacting reforms and fighting corruption after Hariri’s resignation.

Reporting by Eric Knecht; Editing by Gareth Jones

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