Lebanese pilots stand next to a Super Tucano A29 warplane, at Hamat military air base, in north Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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U.S. security and diplomatic circles were taken by surprise by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's shock resignation and are now watching the situation closely, analysts said Tuesday.Nerguizian pointed to the official handover ceremony on Oct. 31 for the first pair of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft donated to the Lebanese Army by the U.S.Washington-based analyst Michael Horowitz, suggested it was likely the U.S. response would split from the position of Saudi Arabia.He said he believed the Saudi leadership was disappointed that Hariri was able to negotiate with the U.S. over recent sanctions against Hezbollah and limit the impact on the Lebanese financial sector. The U.S. has given Lebanon well over $1 billion dollars in reconstruction, humanitarian and security assistance since the 34-day 2006 War with Israel. It has also supported the Lebanese Army to the tune of $160 million in the last year. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was among first political officials to question U.S. support for Lebanon after Hariri's resignation.Following a meeting in Beirut Tuesday, the International Support Group for Lebanon – a body that brings together U.N. agencies with the EU and member states, Russia, China, the U.S. and the Arab League – stressed the importance of helping maintain stability.
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