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PSP Supporters Intercept Bassil's Convoy in Aley Towns

Supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party on Sunday blocked several roads in the Aley district to prevent the passage of the convoy of Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil.

TV networks said several areas witnessed popular gatherings where PSP supporters intercepted Bassil’s motorcade, prompting the army to intervene several times.

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Bassil Stresses FPM Not Sectarian, Says Some Annoyed by Its Alliances

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Sunday emphasized that the FPM is not sectarian while noting that some parties are “annoyed” by its political alliances.

“We stand on a firm ground of understandings that annoys a lot of parties, so they try to undermine them,” Bassil said during a visit to the Mt. Lebanon town of Kahale.

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Hariri, Jumblat to Meet Next Week in Berri's Presence

The upcoming week is expected to witness an improvement in the relation between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat, media reports said.

“The frankness and reconciliation meeting between them will be held following an initiative from Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri,” ministerial sources told Asharq al-Awsat daily in remarks published Sunday.

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Hariri 'Won't Resign' but May 'Change Alliances'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not resign but might “change his alliances” should Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil maintain his current political conduct, a media report said.

Hariri informed President Michel Aoun of this stance during their latest meeting, al-Hayat daily reported on Sunday, quoting informed sources.

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Hariri Acts after Lebanese Workers Brutally Beaten in Kazakhstan

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has asked High Relief Commission chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir to intervene after a number of Lebanese workers in Kazakhstan were brutally beaten over an “Instagram picture.”

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Bteish Says Moody’s Report 'Unintimidating' and Lebanon Adheres to Pledges

After Moody’s credit analysis of Lebanon that drew controversy, Economy Minister Mansour Bteish said Moody’s warning is part of its job and that Lebanon abides by its commitments.

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Bustani: All Encroachments on River Property to Be Removed

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani revealed on Saturday that a plan has been launched to remove all encroachments on the public land surrounding river properties all around Lebanon.

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Abu Faour: Firm Ties Will Be Restored between Mustaqbal-PSP

Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour of the Progressive Socialist Party affirmed on Saturday that ties between his party and al-Mustaqbal Movement will restore “stability and steadfastness” after what he said was temporary tension.

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World Bank Says Lebanon on Right Track Regarding Reforms, Urges ‘Vigor’ in Investment Projects

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met at the Center House with the World Bank Vice President for Middle East and North Africa Ferid Belhaj, accompanied by the Bank’s Regional Director for the Mashreq, Saroj Kumar Jha.

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Shamsi Says UAE Keen on Stability of Lebanon, Honors Press Syndicate

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Lebanon, Hamad Al-Shamsi, underlined mutual interests between Lebanon and the UAE, noting firm political relations between the two countries, the National News Agency said on Friday.

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