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Bassil's Syria Remarks at Arab League Slammed in Lebanon

Remarks by Foreign Minisrer Jebran Bassil about ending the suspension of Syria’s membership of the Arab League have drawn disapproving responses in Lebanon.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s adviser Nadim al-Munla told al-Jadeed TV that Bassil’s remarks had not been coordinated with the premier and “do not reflect Lebanon’s stance.”

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Security Forces Go on Alert in Dahiyeh, Ain el-Tineh over 'Israeli Drone'

Security forces went on alert overnight in two areas in the capital and its southern suburbs after an “Israeli drone” was heard hovering, media reports said.

MTV reported Sunday that an “Israeli surveillance drone” flew overnight “intensively and at a very low altitude” over Ain el-Tineh, where Speaker Nabih Berri’s palace is located.

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Hassan: The State Alone Guarantees Security of Lebanon

Interior Minister Raya Hassan stressed on Saturday that the Lebanese "state is the only entity eligible to protect and preserve Lebanon from external greeds," the National News Agency reported.

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Cabinet to Meet Monday

A ministerial committee tasked with following up on economic and structural reforms met at the Grand Serail on Saturday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The meeting concluded by announcing an agreement on a set of decisions to be taken by the Cabinet, along with a series of measures to be referred to the Parliament.

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UN Political and Peacebuilding Chief Visits UNIFIL

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, paid a visit Friday to the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon, and toured the Mission’s area of operations in order to see first-hand the work of UNIFIL in maintaining the cessation of hostilities and calm along the Blue Line, a UN press release said Saturday.

In Naqoura, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col briefed the UN’s political and peacebuilding chief on the work of the Mission and the security situation in the area of operation. He emphasized the critical role played by the Mission – especially through its liaison and coordination channels – in containing recent tensions and incidents along the Blue Line, which otherwise could have developed into a dangerous escalation.

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Wazni Says Lebanon Going Through 'Liquidity Crisis'

Economist Ghazi Wazi warned that Lebanon is going through a liquidity crisis, noting that the latest government measures to contain it were only “temporary,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Oil Importers Say Crisis Resolved after Gas Station Owners Declare Open-Ended Strike

Lebanon’s oil importing companies announced Friday evening that they will resume delivering fuel to stations and distributors as of Saturday morning and that they will get paid in Lebanese pound, hours after distributors and the owners of stations declared an open-ended strike.

The agreement was reached in a meeting between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a delegation from the importing companies.

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UK Minister of State for Middle East Ends Two-Day Visit to Lebanon

British Minister of State for the Middle East and International Development Andrew Murrison ended a two-day visit to Lebanon on Friday, reiterating the UK’s “long-term commitment to supporting a strong and prosperous Lebanon” and announcing “over $41 million towards Lebanese host communities and refugees alike,” the British embassy said.

During his visit, Murrison met with President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, MPs and senior business leaders. He also visited UK aid funded projects up and down the country supporting Lebanese host communities, with a focus on economy, education, demining, refugees and the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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Khalil Urges Referral of Budget to Parliament, Fneish Urges Export via Syria

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Friday stressed that it is necessary to “refer the (2020) state budget to Parliament within a week,” in order to respect the constitutional deadline.

Sport and Youth Minister Mohammed Fneish of Hizbullah meanwhile said his party and its allies have tackled the issue of exporting via Syria’s al-Boukamal border crossing “from an economic angle, which is how Lebanon can benefit from this border crossing.”

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Nasrallah, Bassil Agree on Need to 'Secure Economic Stability'

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil have agreed on the need to secure economic stability in the country, during a meeting that was held overnight, Hizbullah announced on Friday.

A statement issued by the party’s media department said the “lengthy” meeting tackled the regional and local developments and was held in the presence of Wafiq Safa, the head of Hizbullah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit.

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