The National Democratic Institute (NDI), commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the “Win With Women” global initiative which supports action to achieve the full integration of women in political parties and independent movements, has held a conference in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), sponsored by the British Embassy in Lebanon.
British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter delivered opening remarks.Full Story
European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen met on Friday with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and discussed the recent developments in the country and EU-Lebanon relations.Full Story
President Michel Aoun tasked Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf to participate in the Riyadh conference of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) of defense ministers at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denounced on Friday what he described as “Iranian dictates” assuring that the Lebanese are well aware of their own interests and able to address their own affairs.Full Story
Hizbullah has welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to suspend his resignation pending talks describing his move as “positive.”
Hariri, who returned from a mysterious nearly three-week-long stay abroad, had caused widespread perplexity on November 4 when he resigned during a TV broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing assassination threats as well as the negative impact on Lebanon and the region of Hizbullah and its Iranian patrons.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a cable message from US President Donald Trump on Thursday congratulating him on the occasion of Independence Day in which he expressed the United States' “appreciation for the bilateral relations between the two countries and peoples,” Hariri's media office said.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Thursday that it is crucial to seek Lebanon's stability first despite the regional crises surrounding it.Full Story
Head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari, said that disarming Hizbullah party was “non-negotiable,” Iranian state TV said Thursday.
Jafari was also quoted as saying that Iran's Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in a lasting "ceasefire" in Syria.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader assured on Thursday that Lebanon will manage to find an “exceptional” solution for the lingering crisis that followed Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation “for the sake of political stability.”
“The least we can say is that the country is passing through exceptional conditions which requires exceptional solutions. I am confident that we will be able to reach them in the interest of political stability, without exception,” said Jumblat in a tweet on Thursday.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to reconsider his resignation is “conditional” and could be attributed to an “inclination to embarrass Hizbullah” and secure the “widest possible support among the Lebanese for his national demands,” Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.
Hariri has set three conditions for rolling back his resignation after putting it on hold on Wednesday to pave way for more consultations that will be started by President Michel Aoun.Full Story