Florida Senator Marco Rubio is in the Middle East this weekend to oversee U.S programs as part of his duties as a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence. On Saturday, he was in Beirut, Lebanon, where he met with Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri and government officials to discuss regional security.
“I stressed to our Lebanese partners the importance of cracking down on the terrorist group Hezbollah.” said Rubio “Senator Jeanne Shaheen and I were sponsors of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, which was signed into law in 2015. This law blocks the terrorist organization’s financing and limits its access to logistical support. Prime Minister Al-Hariri and I discussed ways to address Hezbollah’s threat to regional stability, and the necessity of helping to build the capability of the Lebanese Armed Forces to confront terrorist threats.”
The Senator from Florida also visited, the Beirut Memorial, a tribute to the 241 U.S. service personnel, including 220 Marines, who lost their lives in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.