U.S. extends ban on travel to Lebanon
January 21, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States has extended the ban
on travel to Lebanon for another six months.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said Tuesday that
Warren Christopher, in one of his last acts as secretary of
state, decided U.S. citizens were still under substantial
threat in Lebanon. In particular, U.S. officials fear attacks
by terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.
Lebanese officials have tried to get the ban lifted, arguing
that the inability of U.S. passport holders to visit Lebanon
undermines attempts at Lebanese reconstruction. Prime
Minister Rafiq Hariri lobbied hard to try to lift the
restriction on a visit to Washington last October.
Christopher made the decision Friday to extend the ban until
July, when it will again be reviewed.
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