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Remarks After Her Meeting with Members of the Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
May 11, 2008

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(11:10 a.m. EDT)

QUESTION: Any comments on Lebanon (inaudible)?

SECRETARY RICE: Yes, I can give you a very brief comment. I was – I saw the Arab League statement. I think it was a good statement and it made very clear that the militia should not be in the streets, that the – to use force of arms against one’s own people is something that is clearly illegitimate. And there is a legitimate Government of Lebanon and we are working with others to support and sustain it. But the real goal must be here, to get a president elected in Lebanon. There is, of course, a consensus candidate and the – all of those who are interfering with this election should step apart – step aside and let it take place.

QUESTION: What are you going to do with the Friends of Lebanon to push it forward? I know that you have a conference call.

SECRETARY RICE: Right. We have a conference call. We’ll get back to you about that call. It’s principally because this is a group that strongly supports the legitimately elected Government of Lebanon. And so we’ll get back to you with results.

QUESTION: Thank you.

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Released on May 12, 2008

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