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United States President Barack Obama and his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sleiman discussed "shared commitment to preserving Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, and security, particularly in relation to the ongoing conflict in Syria," said a White House statement.
Mr. Obama assured Mr. Sleiman of the United States' commitment to help Lebanon manage the challenge of the increasing influx of Syrian refugees into the Lebanese territory. Also, President Obama voiced his concern about the support of the Hezbollah to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and agreed with President Sleiman that all the parties "should respect Lebanon's policy of dissociation from the conflict in Syria."
On May 14, Special Assistant to President Obama and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region, Philippe Gordon, announced the allocation of an additional amount of USD 10 million – reaching a total of USD 46 million - to help Lebanon cope with the Syrian refugees. Without providing details, the two said they also discussed assistance from the US Army to the Lebanese Army in "its various missions."
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