U.S. to judge new Lebanese government by its actions: spokesman

08:43, June 14, 2011      

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The United States will judge the newly formed Lebanese government by its actions, said the State Department on Monday, urging it to abide by Lebanese constitution.

"We'll judge this government as it takes shape, as it's approved, by the actions I just stipulated," said department spokesman Mark Toner.

"What's important in our mind is that the new Lebanese government abide by the Lebanese constitution, that it renounced violence, including efforts to extract retribution against former government officials, and lives up to all of its international obligations, including UN Security Council resolutions and its commitment to the special tribunal," he said.

Leban's new government was appointed by an official decree on Monday, after almost five months that the former national unity government collapsed in January.

The new government is made up of 30 members and mainly dominated by the March 8 Alliance, headed by Shiite armed group Hezbollah.

Source: Xinhua
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