WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday said Defense officials are closely watching protests that have flared up in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon, as Pentagon hosts senior Egyptian military leaders for talks this week.
The Defense Department is "monitoring closely" events in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon "as they evolve," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said during a regular briefing.
Morrell said the United States has no military-to-military relationship with Tunisia, but has a long-standing military-to-military relationship with Egypt and an evolving military-to-military relationship with Lebanon.
Defense officials are hosting senior Egyptian military leaders this week for their annual bilateral defense talks, Morrell said.
"That's just an example of how engaged we are with the Egyptians, even as these developments have taken place on the streets of Cairo, and elsewhere," he said.
Protestors clash with police in Tunisia
TUNIS, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government demonstrators clashed with police in front of the Prime Minister Office on Wednesday, reported the official press agency TAP.
Police used tear gas to prevent protestors from advancing towards the Prime Minister Office where a cabinet meeting was being held. Full story
Nationwide protests jolt Egypt, 3 killed
CAIRO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets across the country on Tuesday in the largest waves of protests the Arab nation has seen in decades.
Till early Wednesday, violent clashes between police and demonstrators had killed one police officer in Cairo and two protesters in the port city of Suez. Security sources said over 50 policemen had been wounded. The number of injured protesters is yet to know. Full story
Protests spread across Lebanon over imminent premiership designation
BEIRUT, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Supporters of Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to the streets Monday to protest against the imminent nomination of former Prime Minister Najib Mikati for the new premiership.
Supporters of Hariri's party Future Movement headed to the streets in the northern city of Tripoli, the Bekaa Valley, the southern city of Sidon and in some neighborhoods in Beirut. Full story