The complex in the Beirut suburb of Awkar sits on over a 43-hectare site and is nearly two and a half times the size of the land the White House sits on, or more than 21 football fields.
Many Lebanese on Twitter question why the US needs such a large embassy in the small country. Lebanon’s population is only six million.
Few American tourists go to the country because the State Department advises against travel there.
“Did the US move to Lebanon??” tweeted Sandy, a social media activist.
“Maybe they will have enough space to work with all the pending visa applications,” tweeted Abed A. Ayoub, national executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, reacting to the scale of the new complex.
Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.
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