On Wednesday, a US congressional delegation led by Senator Chris Murphy, the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, met with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun.
The president’s media office said that the meeting focused on “the situation in Lebanon and future steps.”
The delegation is also expected to meet with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati.
A meeting was also held between the US delegation and the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, Joseph Aoun.
The congressional delegation in Lebanon is discussing issues related to “regional security and democracy,” according to a report issued by Washington.
A part of the congressional delegation will later travel to Israel and the West Bank, while Senator Murphy will continue to Tunisia and Greece.
Lebanon is grappling with a deep economic crisis that the World Bank has described as potentially one of the most severe since the mid-19th century.