In 1942 the United States appointed an “Agent and Consul General” to provide a quasi-diplomatic presence in Lebanon while it was still under French authority. Lebanon achieved independence in 1944.
Lebanon’s history since its 1944 independence has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade.
The United States seeks to maintain its traditionally close ties with Lebanon, and to help preserve its independence, sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity. The United States, along with the international community, supports full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1559, 1680 and 1701, including the disarming of all militias, delineation of the Lebanese-Syrian border, and the deployment of the Lebanese Armed Forces throughout Lebanon.
The United States believes that a peaceful, prosperous, and stable Lebanon can make an important contribution to comprehensive peace in the Middle East and has pledged assistance for relief, recovery, rebuilding, and security. This support reflects not only humanitarian concerns and historical ties, but also the importance the United States attaches to sustainable development and the bolstering of a sovereign, stable, prosperous, and democratic Lebanon through improving the capacity of the public sector in providing transparent, quality services. Today the U.S. embassy is located in Beirut. For more information on our relationship with Lebanon, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.