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Khalil Lauds 'Full Govt. Solidarity' as Fneish Hails 'Excellent Session'

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Tuesday lauded the government's “solidarity” during the first Cabinet session after the Eid al-Fitr holiday..

“There was full governmental solidarity today,” Khalil, who represents the AMAL Movement, said after the session.

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U.N. Special Coordinator Visits Army Regiments in Bekaa

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis on Tuesday visited the 6th Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Intervention Regiment and the Central Training Center for Border Management in Riyaq in eastern Lebanon as well as a watchtower of the 3rd Land Border Regiment and a LAF monitoring post at the eastern border.

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Russia's Syria Envoy in Lebanon for Talks with Top Officials

The Russian president's special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev on Tuesday met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh at the beginning of a two-day official visit to Lebanon.

Lavrentiev is accompanied by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin and a diplomatic delegation.

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Zakka, Freed by Iran, Leaves for America

A Lebanese man and permanent U.S. resident released by Tehran after years in an Iranian prison has left Lebanon for the United States, where his three sons reside.

Nizar Zakka's office says the 52-year old information technology expert is travelling to the U.S. on Tuesday.

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Syria Detains Two Lebanese Security Agents

The Syrian army detained two members of the General Directorate of State Security after reaching the border between Lebanon and Syria while on a hiking trip in the Mount of Hermon, the state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Rahi Meets Health Minister in Bkirki

Health Minister Jamil Jabaq on Tuesday held talks in Bkirki with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi after which he affirmed that the budget of his ministry was not affected by the austerity measures implemented by the government.

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Report: Saudi Shura Council Delegation Expected in Beirut

A delegation from the Saudi Shura Council is expected to arrive in Beirut on Tuesday, a visit described by diplomatic sources as a "historic first" at this level, as well as at the level of the Saudi-Lebanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shura Council, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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Finance Committee Suspends 2% Tax on Imported Items

The finance parliamentary committee on Monday suspended a draft state budget article pertaining to imposing a 2% tax on imported items.

“Article 63 has been suspended pending a new text that takes into consideration the suggestions of the MPs and the finance minister on excluding daily-use consumer goods,” committee head MP Ibrahim Kanaan said.

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Zakka Hails 'Strong Lebanese State' after Meeting Bassil

Lebanese national and U.S. green card holder Nizar Zakka, who has been recently freed from Iranian prisons, on Monday lauded the Lebanese state for securing his release.

“The credit goes to the Lebanese state, which has proven that it is truly strong and that it preserves the right of every Lebanese,” Zakka said after meeting Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil in Ashrafieh.

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Hariri, Bassil Meet for 5 Hours, Agree to Activate Govt. Work

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil met Monday at the Grand Serail with Prime Minister Saad Hariri following tensions between them and between their two parties.

A statement issued by Hariri's office said the lengthy meeting was dedicated to “evaluating the previous stage, in light of the exchanges and stances that affected political stability.”

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