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The late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield

Prime Minister Rafic Hariri - News: "UNITED STATES

Sunday, November 03, 2002
The President of the Counsel of Ministers, Mr. Rafic Hariri, flew to Washington DC to continue his tour of countries and international institutions participating in the Paris II conference.

Premier Hariri met with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Horst Köhler, and “reviewed recent economic and financial developments in Lebanon and the upcoming Paris II meeting.” The Premier also met with the President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn. He went on to discuss the situation in the Middle East, the Iraqi issue and the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories with US Secretary of State, Colin Powell. The talks were attended by Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East William Burns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield and Lebanese Ambassador to Washington Farid Abboud. They also covered the Wazzani water issue and Lebanon’s efforts in this regard.

During his meeting with Mr. Hariri, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill officially notified the Lebanese Premier that the United States would participate in the Paris II conference.

After meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Prime Minister Hariri concluded his visit by meeting with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, after which he said, “We discussed the participation of the United States in the Paris II conference aimed at supporting Lebanon in its financial reform efforts,” in addition to the situation in the Middle East and Iraq, as well as bilateral US-Lebanese relations.

Accompanying Prime Minister Hariri on his trip were Finance Minister Fouad Siniora, Economy Minister Bassil Fuleihan, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and the Premier’s advisor on European affairs Basile Yared."

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