U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard told Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil during their meeting on Tuesday that Washington is “relieved” that Lebanon's lengthy presidential void is nearing an end, a media report said.Full Story
United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag met Tuesday in Moscow with Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov and other senior officials, her press office said.Full Story
The leadership of the Progressive Socialist Party held a meeting on Tuesday to decide how to distribute the votes during the parliamentary election session schedule for October 31 to elect a president.
According to LBCI television, the meeting "mulled the presidential choices and reiterated its stance that supports holding the election in a manner that strengthens the atmosphere of internal agreements and boosts the settlement's chances."Full Story
MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc reassured Tuesday that there will not be a “bilateral or tripartite approach” should Aoun be elected president, noting that it is still seeking to reach “national consensus.”Full Story
A cafe owned by a Mustaqbal Movement supported came under gunfire at dawn Tuesday in the coastal area of Saadiyat, 25 kilometers south of Beirut, state-run National News Agency reported.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi announced Tuesday that the looming election of a new president can be considered as a “new dawn for Lebanon,” six days before a parliamentary vote that is expected to put Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun in the Baabda Palace.Full Story
Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Alain Aoun said that the election of bloc leader, MP Michel Aoun, as the new Lebanese president “is definite."Full Story
Commenting on Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's remarks that the party would be making a sacrifice when it names Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri for the premiership, al-Mustaqbal sources replied and said that Hizbullah would be making a sacrifice when it abides by the Constitution because it is unfamiliar with that, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.
“Hizbullah would be making a sacrifice when it succumbs to the Constitution because it is not used to that,” the sources told the daily on condition of anonymity.Full Story
Police in the north, thwarted an operation to smuggle massive amounts of Captagon narcotic pills to Saudi Arabia, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.
A truck coming from Syria that contained ample amounts of Captagon pills bound to be shipped to Saudi Arabia was seized in the northern port of Tripoli, added NNA.Full Story
Dialogue channels between Hizbullah and Speaker Nabih Berri are ongoing and are focusing on the formation of the new government which will see the light after the election of a president at the end of October, An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday.
Sources following up closely on the file, said that Hizbullah is keen to have considerable participation for Berri in the next government, added the daily.Full Story