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Hariri is Back and So is Lebanon's Status Quo

His shock resignation and mysterious stay in Saudi Arabia had sparked fears of chaos but Prime Minister Saad Hariri's homecoming appears to signal a return to what Lebanon's political class does best: the status quo.

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With Six Months to Go: Lebanon Needs Its Women

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.

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EU Ambassador Christina Lassen Meets Hariri

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.

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Saudi Arabia Invites Lebanon to IMCTC, Aoun Delegates Sarraf

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.

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Jumblat Replies to Jafari's Comments, Says Lebanon Rejects 'Iranian Dictates'

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.

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Hizbullah Hails Hariri Moves Describes Them as 'Positive'

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.

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Hariri Receives Congratulatory Message from Trump, Meets Abu el-Gheit at Center House

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.

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Hariri: Lebanon's Stability More Important Than Problems Surrounding Us

Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Thursday that it is crucial to seek Lebanon's stability first despite the regional crises surrounding it.

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Iran's Guards Chief Says Disarming Hizbullah 'Non-Negotiable'

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.

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Jumblat Says Lebanon Will Overcome Crisis for 'Sake of Political Stability'

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.

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