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ISG Urges Lebanon to Agree 'Defense Strategy', Abide by 'Baabda Declaration'

The International Support Group for Lebanon has congratulatd the Lebanese people and authorities for the completion of parliamentary elections on May 6, urging the country to agree a "defense strategy" and abide by the Baabda Declaration.

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New Parliament to 'Re-Elect Berri on May 22'

The new parliament will hold a session on May 22 to re-elect AMAL Movement leader Nabih Berri to a sixth term as Parliament Speaker, a media report said.

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Israel Tells Lebanon Not Seeking Escalation amid Syria Tensions

Lebanon has been informed by Western diplomatic sources close to Tel Aviv that Israel is not seeking an escalation on Lebanon's southern border, a media report said.

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Choueifat Incident: Wahhab Calls Jumblat as Suspect Flees to Syria

Arab Tawhid Party chief and ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Thursday held phone talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and offered condolences over the death of PSP member Alaa Abi Faraj during a clash with supporters of MP Talal Arslan.

Wahhab thanked Jumblat over his “responsible” stance regarding the incident, urging all parties to show responsibility.

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Bassil Seeks Name Change to 'Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Ministry'

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Thursday announced that he has signed a draft law to change the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants to the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and International Cooperation.”

Speaking at a Lebanese expat conference in Beirut, Bassil added that he knows that his move will face “a campaign to distort” his true intention.

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Aoun Urges Lebanese 'Solidarity' amid Tense Regional Situation

President Michel Aoun on Thursday urged national “solidarity” in Lebanon amid the skyrocketing tensions in Syria and the region.

“Today, more than ever, Lebanon needs further solidarity among its sons, and the national interest should come before any other personal, partisan or sectarian interest,” Aoun said in a speech at a Lebanese expat conference in Beirut.

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UK, U.S. Ambassadors Meet Gen. Aoun, Discuss Border Security Project

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter and the U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard have met Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun to discuss progress on the security of the Lebanese-Syrian border, a UK embassy statement said.

“The High Level Steering Committee was an opportunity to congratulate the Lebanese Army on maintaining peace and security after Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009, which took place on 6 May,” the statement said.

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Hizbullah Posts Reportedly Hit in Israel's Syria Raids

Posts for Lebanon's Hizbullah were among those hit in the unprecedented Israeli air raids in Syria overnight, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted posts “likely belonging to Hizbullah in the southwest of the city of Homs” and “other posts for Hizbullah and pro-regime fighters in the triangle of Daraa, Quneitra and Damascus' southwest countryside.”

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Lebanon Hit by Missiles Debris from Israel-Iran Syria Flare-Up

Debris from several missiles landed overnight in several Lebanese regions during an unprecedented military flare-up between Israeli, Iranian and Syrian forces.

“Between 3:00 and 3:45 am, and as a result of the incidents that took place in Syria, remnants and tails of missiles of unidentified types and sources landed in the outskirt of the Hasbaya town of al-Hibbariyeh, the Shebaa town of Saqiyat Wadi Janaam, and Khirbet Qanafar and Qab Elias” in the Bekaa, a Lebanese Army statement said.

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Shamsi, Bukhari Congratulate Geagea on 'Win' in Elections

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea received at his residence in Maarab on Wednesday, Emirati Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad al-Shamsi and Chargé d'Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut Walid Bukhari.

Shamsi and Bukhari congratulated Geagea on his win in Sunday’s elections, said NNA.

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