US official says Lebanese cabinet line-up “disappointing”

An unnamed United States official said that the line-up of the new Lebanese cabinet headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati is “disappointing.”

The official was quoted by Al-Hayat newspaper’s Thursday edition as saying that Washington “does not have any reason to trust that the [March 8-backed cabinet] will be committed to Lebanon’s international responsibilities.”

“We are waiting for the Ministerial Statement [to be drafted] and for actions [to be taken],” he added.

He also said that “the key issue” is that Lebanon’s new cabinet respect its commitments to international agreements, specifically to UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) probing former PM Rafik Hariri’s 2005 assassination.

The official added that Lebanon’s government is “backing the Syrian regime at a time when Syria is oppressing its people and isolating itself internationally.”

“The only state in the world that is moving toward [Syria] is Lebanon.”

The US said on Monday that it would judge the new Lebanese government “by its actions” following the announcement of a 30-member cabinet dominated by March 8.

After five months of deliberations, Mikati on Monday announced the formation of the cabinet, in which Hezbollah and its allies hold a majority.

-NOW Lebanon

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