Many observers and observers of US foreign policies have always questioned the desire of the administration of President Joe Biden to engage directly and effectively in the Middle East, or what is called in the US State Department the “Near East”, extending from Afghanistan in the east to the Maghreb in the west, which was denied by the Assistant Secretary Acting State Department for Near Eastern Affairs, Joe Hood, said that Washington’s commitment to the region is “long-term and profound.”
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Hood affirmed the US position on many issues in the region, which is based primarily on the interests of his country, and the support of partners and allies in promoting reforms, fighting corruption, and supporting human rights, as the great framework of this administration in its dealings with countries Region.
On the Lebanese issue, he called on politicians to “put aside differences and respond to the people’s call.”
He said, “We call on Lebanon’s leaders to put aside partisan political differences, and show sufficient flexibility to form a government that is ready and capable of real, radical reform so that the Lebanese people can achieve their full potential. The people deserve a government urgently to implement the reforms needed to save the country’s deteriorating economy, which is in crisis due to decades.” of corruption and mismanagement.
“We and the international community have made it clear that concrete measures remain critical to unlocking Lebanon’s long-term structural support,” he added.
He continued, “I would like to emphasize that the United States stands with the Lebanese people as they recover and rebuild from worsening crises, including the economic crisis, the “Covid-19” epidemic, and the horrific explosion in the port of Beirut. On August 4, the President announced Biden said the United States is providing approximately $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, on top of approximately $560 million in humanitarian assistance over the past two years. This humanitarian assistance will benefit vulnerable populations, including Syrian refugees, and the communities that host them. .
In response to a question about how the current US administration can support the Lebanese to re-negotiate peace with Israel and discuss border issues, he answered: “The maritime border is a decision taken by both Israel and Lebanon, and the United States is ready to facilitate negotiations on the maritime border on the previous basis on which we started these discussions.”