The\u00a0top US diplomat\u00a0for the Middle East departed Washington Friday to visit at least three countries in the region, including Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon.\r\nIn Kuwait, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will discuss\u00a0Gulf unity, regional security\u00a0and economic cooperation, a statement from the State Department said.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn Doha, Schenker will meet senior government officials \u201cto discuss\u00a0counterterrorism\u00a0and regional security issues.\u201d\r\nOn the last stop, Schenker will be the second senior foreign official in Beirut that week. On Sept. 2, he will meet with civil society representatives and discuss US efforts to help Lebanon cope with the aftermath of the\u00a0Aug. 4 explosions\u00a0at the Port of Beirut.\r\nSchenker will also \u201curge Lebanese leaders to implement reforms that respond to the Lebanese people\u2019s desire for transparency, accountability, and a government free of corruption,\u201d according to the statement.\r\nThe day before Schenker is set to arrive,\u00a0French President Emmanuel Macron\u00a0will make his second trip to Lebanon in less than a month. Macron will reportedly urge Lebanon\u2019s traditional political parties to allow for an interim government to be formed to implement badly needed economic and corruption reforms. Billions of dollars of soft loans and grants are on the table from the international community to help Lebanon; however, the release of these funds is tied to reforms.