Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and Donald Trump Discuss ISIS, Syrian Refugees

Turning to the repercussions of displaced Syrians on Lebanon's infrastructure, he said: "Before the Syrian crisis, the infrastructure in Lebanon was already worn out, and today with the one million and a half displaced Syrians you can imagine the weariness in these infrastructure". He added, "We have done more than we are able to bear in this conflict". But Hezbollah ("Party of God") is key to stabilizing the country, Hariri said in remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Wednesday.

The Trump administration's first travel ban barred all Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

"It doesn't work, and it only reinforces a pro-Iranian configuration, partly because the previous administration reconfigured its Lebanon policy to be part of its broader regional policy of realignment with Iran", Badran explained, adding "and partly because Hezbollah controls Lebanon, its strategic orientation, and its security policy and apparatuses".

Speaking to reporters later in the day, Mr Hariri was careful to sidestep questions about whether the president did not understand Hezbollah's function within the Lebanese state and outside it.

Hezbollah has played a major role in fighting militants in the border region during the six-year Syrian war, along with critical military support it has provided to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. What is your position towards these sanctions and on the role of Hezbollah is playing in the region and Syria? In 2015, General Lloyd Austin, CENTCOM commander at the time, told Congress that only four or five US-trained fighters had actually gone to Syria to battle IS, out of the 5,000 the Pentagon had envisaged.




Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is in Washington this week to lobby against both threats.

The Lebanese government is indeed fighting against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

Since then, however, the armed forces have been embroiled in controversies involving the death of Syrian detainees in custody and being a bystander in the operation by Hizbollah and Syrian forces on the Lebanese border. And one of the things that we have made tremendous strides at is getting rid of ISIS.

After their oval meeting, Hariri and Trump held a press conference where everything seemed to be going according to plan until the US president was asked about Hezbollah - a political and military organization, who's also part of the Lebanese parliament.

Whilst the group is Lebanese, it is strongly backed by Iran, and its political wing is very influential within the country. Foreign Policy reported that Lebanese lawmakers responded by lobbying their United States counterparts in Congress against the legislation.

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