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Lavrov, Bassil Agree to Put Refugee Repatriation Plan into 'Action'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia “rejects any foreign intervention in Lebanon,” stating during a joint press conference with caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil that they have discussed a Russian plan to repatriate Syrian refugees in Lebanon back to their homeland.

“Russia and Lebanon stand on the same page regarding the repatriation of refugees,” Lavrov said, noting that he and Bassil have discussed the file during their meeting in Moscow.

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General Security Arrests 6 Document Forgers

General Security agents have arrested six individuals over forging travel documents, a statement released by the directory said on Monday.

The suspects, charged with forging travel documents for individuals wishing to travel from Lebanon to European, Asian and African countries, were arrested between August 9 and August 16, said the statement.

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Report: Russia Relies on Lebanon to ‘Spark’ Refugees’ Return

A month after the launch of the Russian plan to repatriate Syrian refugees in Lebanon back to their homeland, Moscow hopes that the process will gather momentum after the scheduled talks on Monday between caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Basil and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported.

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UAE Warns of 'Consequences' after Nasrallah Meets Huthis

An Emirati minister warned Sunday of “consequences” after Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah met in Lebanon with a delegation from Yemen's Huthi rebels.

“How can the dissociation policy – which Lebanon needs for its political and economic balance and Arab and international position – correspond to Hassan Nasrallah's hosting of a delegation from the Huthi insurgents? This is a question which we call on Lebanon to deal with,” UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet.

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Jreissati Says Govt. Can be Formed in Late August if Hariri Decides

The new government can be formed in late August should Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri take the decision to do so, caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati said on Sunday.

“August carries all victories, from 2006 to the Dawn of the Hills (army operation against the Islamic State group), and its end will carry a solution for the 'government's captivity' should Hariri make up his mind and take a brave decision,” Jreissati, who is close to President Michel Aoun, tweeted.

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Senior U.S. General Concludes Visit to Lebanon

Major General Michael Langley, United States Central Command Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy, visited Lebanon from August 15 to 18, the U.S. embassy said.

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Jumblat: Upcoming Developments More Important than Futile Debates

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Sunday urged his party's members and supporters to avoid verbal clashes with rival parties, warning that “the country's problems and the upcoming developments are more important.”

“Whatever the political problems may be, I urge party members and supporters not to lose nerve and engage in exchanges of tirades regardless of any remarks against us as a party or against me as a person,” Jumblat tweeted.

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Hariri Relying on 'Agreement with Putin' to 'Protect Country'

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is increasingly “putting Russia in the picture of the Lebanese situation's developments” as well as “his stance on the file of the relation with the Syrian regime,” a media report said.

Hariri is also “following up on the issue of the Syrian refugees in light of the Russian initiative,” political sources told Kuwait's al-Rai daily in remarks published Sunday.

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Aoun 'Convinced' Foreign Meddling behind Govt. Delay

President Michel Aoun has become “convinced” that “foreign interference” is behind the ongoing delay in the Cabinet formation process, sources close to him have said.

In remarks to UAE's al-Khaleej newspaper published Sunday, the sources said the president believes foreign meddling is pushing Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat to show “inflexibility” in their demands.

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People Smuggler Arrested in Zahle

The Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested a people smuggler on Saturday in the town of Karak in Zahle on charges of smuggling Syrian individuals into Lebanese territories, a statement issued by the ISF Directorate General said.

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