Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil met on Monday with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl where they highlighted cooperation for the return of refugees back Syria, the National News Agency reported.Full Story
The Free Patriotic Movement said on Monday that “the ball is in PM-designate Saad Hariri’s court now” after President Michel Aoun’s proposal to form a majoritarian government that raised criticism of several political parties, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri commended the reactions of caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil following Israeli allegations that Hizbullah has missile sites near Beirut’s airport.Full Story
The Lebanese Foreign Ministry has invited all foreign ambassadors in Lebanon to a meeting Monday afternoon at its premises.
The National News Agency said the meeting at 3:00 pm will be dedicated to “listening to the Ministry's response to the allegations of (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the missile sites.”Full Story
Damascus has a “good relation” with President Michel Aoun and other Lebanese forces but the “previous equation” of the relation with Lebanon “will change,” Syria's top diplomat has said.
“There is a good relation with President Aoun,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in an interview on Russia's RT television.Full Story
A Mustaqbal bloc lawmaker has noted that President Michel Aoun and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil can resolve the so-called Christian and Druze obstacles hindering the formation of the new government.
In an interview with al-Jadeed television, MP Sami Fatfat said Aoun can resolve the Christian hurdle in connection with the Lebanese Forces' demands and Bassil can address the Druze problem through respecting the demands of Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat.Full Story
The press office of Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim authority, denied Sunday that the institution had called for an “urgent and quick meeting to respond to the majority government proposal.”
“What is being circulated in this regard is totally baseless and any Dar al-Fatwa statement would be exclusively issued by the press office,” it said.Full Story
No positive development is expected in the government formation process in the near future, media reports said.
Ruling out that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri would present a format different than the one he submitted to President Michel Aoun three weeks ago, sources following up on the negotiations said "there are no indications of a meeting between them in the few coming days."Full Story
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and the Hizbullah-AMAL Shiite alliance are not in favor of the formation of a so-called “majority government,” media reports said.
“Hariri is insisting on a consensual government and the majority government proposal has no place in the current process,” informed political sources told An Nahar daily in remarks published Sunday.Full Story
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea received at his residence in Maarab MP Akram Shehayyeb dispatched by Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.Full Story