1. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, David Satterfield, arriving at Lebanese foreign ministry
2. Satterfield meeting with Lebanon's Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil
3. Bassil speaking
4. Satterfield listening
5. Wide of meeting
6. Cutaway of Lebanese flag
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Satterfield, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State: ++ENDS ON SATTERFIELD LEAVING++
"The new government faces critical decisions with respect to the country's economy, with requests to the fight against corruption, and with respect to security issues. The United States is very much involved with Lebanon, we want to see Lebanon move forward. But again, Lebanon faces choices. The way those choices are or are not adopted will be reflected in the position which both we and other states will take. And we hope very much those choices are positive for the sake of the Lebanese people, Lebanon - and not external parties. Thank you."
8. Satterfield meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
A visiting US official on Tuesday said that Lebanon's new government faces "critical decisions" regarding the country's crumbling economy with requests to fighting corruption.
The comments by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield followed talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut on Tuesday.
Lebanon's economy has been under pressure from soaring debts of 84 billion US Dollars, high unemployment, slow growth and corruption.
Meanwhile the small Arab country needed to cope with multiple political and security crises over the past decades.
It has also been affected by the seven-year civil war in neighbouring Syria, a conflict that has occasionally spilled over the border and brought more than 1 million refugees into Lebanon, putting even more pressure on its infrastructure.
Lebanese political factions in January agreed to form a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that deepened the country' economic woes.
The new government is headed by Hariri, the Western-backed Sunni politician who has held the job since 2016.