Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Bush proud of Lebanese PM
"WASHINGTON: US President George W Bush said on Wednesday he was proud of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, praising his tenacity in resisting “enormous pressure” from Syria and Hizbullah.
Bush digressed from a critique of Damascus and Iran during a year-end news conference to pour special praise on Siniora, who is struggling to shore up his government in the grip of a political crisis. “Let me step back: I’m proud of Prime Minister Siniora,” Bush said. “He has shown tenacity, toughness in the face of enormous pressure from Syria as well as Hizbullah, which is funded by Iran,” Bush said. The United States has staunchly supported the Siniora government, though ties were frayed earlier this year by the US refusal to condemn Israel for its tactics in the war in Lebanon against Hizbullah."