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Pompeo denounces Iran in Lebanon, even as he meets with its 'proxies'

BEIRUT - One day after President Donald Trump signaled a change in U.S. policy certain to alienate Arab allies, America's top diplomat traveled to Beirut on Friday to denounce Iran and urge that its "proxies" be removed from the Lebanese government.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo had a complex mission on his hands: condemning the Iran-backed Hezbollah organization that he blames for regional violence while refusing to acknowledge its deep involvement in the Lebanese government and society.

The visit to Lebanon was part of a three-day tour through the Middle East

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