Washington criticizes the Lebanese leaders ’failure to serve their country </p><div itemprop="articleBody"> <p>With the start of talks about demarcating the maritime borders between Lebanon and Syria, which coincided with Damascus obliging a Russian company to explore for oil in the exclusive maritime economic zone between the two countries, questions increased about the Syrian regime's willingness to enter negotiations with Lebanon to resolve the conflict in this region, in light of President Michel's call Aoun with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.
Damascus took the initiative to circumvent the Supreme Council for National Defense’s call to demarcate the land borders between the two countries to combat smuggling from Lebanon to Syria, especially since the smuggled foodstuffs and fuel received support from the state treasury. Damascus rejects Lebanese calls to demarcate the borders despite the increase in illegal crossings that sponsor “organized” smuggling into Syria.
On the other hand, the US Under Secretary of State, David Hale, directed harsh criticism of Lebanese officials at the beginning of the visit that he began to Lebanon yesterday, and stressed the implementation of reforms and the formation of a government capable of carrying out the task. Hill held the Lebanese leaderships responsible for mismanagement, corruption, and failure to put the country’s interests in the first place. Hill is expected to meet today, President Michel Aoun, after meetings yesterday with Presidents Nabih Berri and Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Charbel Wahba and President of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt.