President Obama continues national emergency with respect to Lebanon

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that the U.S. will continue its national emergency with respect to Lebanon because of certain ongoing activities in the country, according to the White House.

The U.S. first declared a national emergency with respect to Lebanon on August 1, 2007, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The national emergency was meant to deal with the extraordinary and unusual threat of Lebanon to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. The threat came from certain persons attempting to deliberately break down the rule of law in Lebanon through politically motivated intimidation and violence, reassert Syrian control or contribute to Syrian interference in Lebanon and infringe upon or undermine Lebanese sovereignty.

The actions of certain individuals contributed to the economic and political instability in Lebanon and throughout the region.

President Obama said that certain ongoing activities, such as continuing arms transfers to Hezbollah, undermine Lebanese sovereignty and contribute to economic and political instability in the country. The activities continue to represent an extraordinary and unusual threat to national security and foreign policy of the U.S.

"For this reason, the national emergency declared on August 1, 2007, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond August 1, 2013," President Obama said. "In accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to Lebanon declared in Executive Order 13441."

The notice will be published in the federal register and be transmitted to Congress.