Press Releases 2008
Letter From U.S. President George W. Bush to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
February 12, 2008
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I have asked Under Secretary Edelman to deliver personally this message of support to you and all Lebanese people who desire peace and freedom. I am deeply concerned about the efforts of some, including Syria, Iran, and their allies, to undermine Lebanon’s democratic institutions through violence and intimidation.
The United States will not falter in its support for the democratically-elected and legitimate Lebanese Government. In this regard, the United States will continue to call for the immediate and unconditional election of a new President in accordance with Lebanon’s constitution, and we will support the democratically-elected parliamentary majority’s efforts to stand firm in the face of pressure to abandon its principles.
At the same time, we want to work with you to provide visible support to your government and help build the institutions of Lebanese democracy. We will continue to support the Lebanese Armed Forces and other security services and to provide economic and security assistance to the legitimate Government of Lebanon. We will maintain our efforts at the United Nations to ensure rapid implementation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Most importantly, we will continue our tangible and diplomatic support for Lebanon’s sovereignty and state institutions.
The United States will continue to be an unwavering friend to the Lebanese people, who should have the opportunity to enjoy security and freedom without the threat of terrorism. You and your allies have remained steadfast in the face of great personal danger. I deeply admire your devotion to your country.
George W. Bush
This letter from U.S. President George W. Bush was delivered by U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.