27 Apr 2009

Clinton in Beirut

5:38 am on 27 April 2009

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a brief, visit to Beirut where she held talks with the president and foreign minister of Lebanon.

Mrs Clinton called for an upcoming general election on 7 June to be fair and free of outside interference.

She also laid a wreath on the tomb of former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri.

His killing in 2005 was blamed on Syria and triggered demonstrations that led to an end of decades of Syrian control over Lebanon.

Mrs Clinton says Washington supports Lebanon's sovereignty and says the US would never make a deal with Syria that would sell out Lebanon and the Lebanese people.