BEIRUT, Nov 7 (KUNA) — US Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Dibble held talks here with Lebanese officials Monday regarding preparations of the upcoming international conference to support Lebanon.

Diplomatic sources told KUNA that Dibble is to hold talks with Prime Minister Fouad Al-Siniora and Minister of Finance Jihad Azour, in addition to Minister of Justice Charles Rizk and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fawzi Salloukh. Dibble is to discuss current developments with Lebanese officials in light of Security Council resolution 1636 and the extension of the mission of the UN Independent Investigation Commission probing the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Al-Hariri to December 15.
 The source added that Dibble is to address the support of economic reform in Lebanon in preparation for the December 2005 first international Lebanon support conference and UN Special envoy Ambassador Terje Rod Larsen report on resolution 1559.

Dibble asserted in her last visit to Lebanon in June 2005 that her country is determined to implement resolution 1559, pointing out that international and US support for Lebanon will be based upon the reform program presented by the new government.

Furthermore, Elizabeth Dibble is to inaugurate today the ‘Made in America’ exhibition with 314 participating American companies. (end)