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EU Ambassador and British Ambassador Visit the Bekaa

European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen and British Ambassador Chris Rampling on Thursday visited the Bekaa region to inspect EU and UK support to the local communities.

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Kubis Says 'Everyone Cares about Lebanon Stability', Even Israel

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis has reassured that all countries care about the stability of Lebanon.

“I am very glad that in my new capacity as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, I had the opportunity to brief the Security Council about my activities but notably about the country, about Lebanon. I spoke about opportunities and some risks as well,” Kubis said at the media stakeout after Security Council consultations at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

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HMS Dragon in Lebanon: Symbol of Strong Friendship with Lebanon

Sharing the same patron Saint as the city of Beirut, Saint George, Her Majesty’s Ship HMS DRAGON, one of the world’s most advanced warships – Type 45 Destroyer, docked in Beirut port for three days. This is her first visit to Lebanon on her way back to the UK after a seven-month deployment and the second for the Royal Navy since HMS Ocean’s visit in 2017, the UK embassy said in a press release on Thursday.

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Bassil Hails Pompeo’s Refugee Remarks before the Congress

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil praised the remarks reportedly made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the Congress about refugees, describing it as an “advanced move” towards the repatriation of the displaced Syrians.

“Pompeo’s remarks about the displaced before the US Congress is an advanced move proving that bold dialogue and clear national positions are the closest way to achieve national interest," said Bassil on Twitter.

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Hassan: Improving Prison Conditions Urgently Needed

Interior Minister Raya el-Hassan on Thursday stressed during the launching ceremony of a program aimed at developing procedures in Lebanese prisons, that improving prison conditions “is an urgent need for prisoners,” the National News Agency reported.

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Berri Says 'Critical' Situation Presses for Quick Govt. Action

In the past few days, a debate has taken place at different political levels mainly between Baabda Palace and Ain el-Tineh that focused on the need for an “urgent government momentum and effectiveness” as soon as the PM recovers from a heart operation he underwent early this week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Lebanon Sees Eastern EU Refugee Hardline as Model to Follow

Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refugees as a way of resolving its own refugee crisis.

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil sympathised with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia's refusal to accept refugee distribution quotas proposed by the EU in the wake of the 2015-16 migrant crisis, when more than a million people streamed into Europe, mostly from war-torn Syria.

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LF, FPM Engage in War of Words on Twitter over Electricity Plan

A war of words erupted again between the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement over the controversial electricity file.

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Aoun Concludes Visit to Moscow, Prepares for Tunisia Summit

President Michel Aoun concluded his visit to Moscow on Wednesday where he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and several Russian officials, said the National News Agency on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Aoun held talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart during which he thanked him for “defending” the Christians of the Middle East.

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Abou Faour Says Industry ‘Devastated,' ALI Declares State of ‘Industrial Emergency’

The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) declared on Wednesday a “state of industrial emergency,” while Industry Minister Wael Abou Faour said the sector is “stricken with a catastrophe.”

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