Special Tribunal for Lebanon Registrar Daryl Mundis has met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on a working visit to Beirut this week, the STL said on Friday.
He also met with the Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud and members of the diplomatic community.Full Story
Lebanon's new cabinet includes three posts for Hizbullah, an Iran-backed group subject to U.S. sanctions.Full Story
Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem announced Friday that his party will not bow to the growing U.S. pressure.
“Hizbullah will not bow to pressures or sanctions. These sanctions will not affect the party's stances but will rather make them firmer,” Qassem said.Full Story
A senior U.S. official has warned Lebanon's Hezbollah against exploiting the position of the Health Ministry to funnel funds to institutions affiliated with the Shiite militant group.
The remarks by Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary on terror financing, came as Lebanese political factions agreed on Thursday to form a new government.Full Story
One day after resolving the government formation gridlock, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he was proud of the women ministers that were named to allocate four ministries in the new government.Full Story
Newly named State Minister for Foreign Trade Affairs Hassan Mrad of the Consultative Gathering, assured on Friday that he is going to vote in accordance with the group in the government despite being appointed as part of the Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc.
"I am going to represent the Gathering in the new government and will vote in its favor, but i will also participate in the meetings of the Strong Lebanon bloc,” he told LBCI.Full Story
In an unprecedented move in Lebanon’s history, the newly formed 30-minister government that saw the light after nine months of delay includes four women ministers, including at the head of the interior and energy ministries.Full Story
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the formation of Lebanon’s new government and affirmed commitment to Lebanon’s sovereignty and stability, a statement from the Elysee Palace said on Friday.Full Story
Lebanon’s newly formed government is going to be placed under “daily international observation,” amid “U.S. concerns” of the allocation of ministerial portfolios for Hizbullah which the U.S. regards as “terrorist organization,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.
The United States was “concerned” that Hizbullah, which Washington regards as a "terrorist organization," would take over ministerial portfolios in the new Lebanese government, especially the Health Ministry, the daily quoted a U.S. State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.Full Story
The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc has been allocated “11 ministers” in the new government and this is “more than it was asking for,” FPM chief MP Jebran Bassil said on Thursday.
The eleventh minister referred to by Bassil is Hassan Mrad, who was nominated by the Consultative Gathering – a grouping of six Hizbullah-backed Sunni MPs.Full Story