Mike Pompeo To Visit Lebanon As Hezbollah Maintains Power In Parliament

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Lebanon this week in hopes of heightening pressure against Iranian aggression and Hezbollah.

On Friday, Pompeo is set to meet with Lebanese President Michael Auon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the foreign minister, and the parliament speaker.

The top American diplomat said the meetings are taking place to encourage the government to disconnect from Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist group which controls a majority of the Lebanese parliament.

Though the prime minister is a western ally, the Lebanese president, parliament speaker, and foreign minister have close ties to the terrorist group.

Pompeo is also expected to reiterate American support for the Lebanese national army which the U.S. has given supplies and aid in recent years.

He is also expected to dissuade Lebanon from allowing Iran to use its Central Bank as an avenue to avoid American sanctions.

Pompeo may also offer to play a role in resolving the border dispute between Israel and Lebanon.  

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