Washington DC - The United States welcomed, on Monday, Lebanon's announcement of the formation of a new government and congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the U.S. department of state said.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (C) meets with Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri (R) and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 18, 2016.
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