US Top Senator Meets Lebanese President and PM, Expresses Concern About Syria

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Beirut, Lebanon | May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)

Top U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday, May 2, in Lebanon, where they addressed various issues including the Syrian crisis.

Lieberman also met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where they talked about Lebanon's disassociation policy from the Syrian internal affairs.

Lieberman told reporters after the meeting that the US Senate is concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the lack of regional and international efforts to support the Syrian opposition against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

He also praised the Lebanese praised the government for its support to Syrian refugees.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
"I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."

On Tuesday evening, Lieberman paid a visit to Progressive Socialist Party leader and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt where they discussed a number of issues including the US-Lebanese relations and the situation in Syria.

Earlier Wednesday, Lieberman visited the northern Lebanese bordering region of Wadi Khaled which hosts an estimated 24,000 Syrian refugees.

Lieberman's visit to Lebanon concludes a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:51
Video Size: 109 MB
Language: English
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
  3. Wide shot, Lieberman heading to a press conference after his meeting with Mikati
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
    "I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."
  5. Various shots of Lieberman's arrival and reception by Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  6. Various shots of the meeting of Lieberman with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  7. Wide shot, Lieberman and Jumblatt shaking hands
  8. Wide shot of the meeting attending by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
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