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Berri Expects ‘Tourist Boom’ if Govt. Resolves Chronic Files

Speaker Nabih Berri said he expects Lebanon to witness a “tourist boom” if the newly formed government focused on addressing the problematic issues of electricity, waste management and corruption, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Hariri Lashes Out at Jumblat, Accuses Him of 'Distorting Facts, Disrupting Govt. Course'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday hit back swiftly at remarks voiced by Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat, with whom ties have been strained in recent days.

“The remarks seeking to attack the Premiership’s role, prestige and performance… are a mere attempt at fishing in troubled waters,” Hariri said in a statement released by his press office.

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Jumblat Slams Bassil, Gharib, Criticizes Hariri, Othman, Vows to Sue al-Jadeed

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday hit out at Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil, warning him against “playing with fire,” as he lashed out over several other issues.

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Netanyahu: Hizbullah Controls Lebanon Govt. and We’ll Foil Any Aggression

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Hizbullah is “in control of the Lebanese government,” three days after a new cabinet was formed in Beirut after nine months of deadlock.

“This means that Iran is controlling the Lebanese government,” Netanyahu stated in a meeting with a delegation comprised of foreign envoys to the U.N.

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Jumblat Holds Emergency Bloc Meeting as Tensions with Hariri Surge

Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat will hold an emergency meeting Sunday of his Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc, the PSP said, amid rising tensions between the Druze leader and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The meeting will be held at 5:00 pm and will include remarks to the press by Jumblat, the PSP said in a statement.

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Al-Rahi: United Arab Emirates is State of United Religions

The United Arab Emirates is “a state of united religions and a state of united cultures,” Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said Sunday on his first day of a visit to the UAE.

“As humans, we cannot live in hatred and I believe that this conference represents a call for ending all wars and conflicts,” al-Rahi told the Global Conference of Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi.

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U.S. Didn't 'Veto' Giving Health Portfolio to Hizbullah

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Hale did not tell Lebanese leaders that the U.S. had a "veto" on the allocation of the health ministerial portfolio to a minister belonging to Hizbullah, a media report said.

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Hariri after New Cabinet Meet: Government Solidarity is Essential

Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed in remarks on Saturday that solidarity between the new Cabinet’s components are the major “success recipe” to face the challenges ahead.

“It is time for work. We have many challenges ahead that we have to face. Solidarity is essential for our National Unity government in order to confront the challenges,” said Hariri following the first meeting of the new Cabinet in Baabda.

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New Cabinet Vows to Face Economic Challenges, Forms Committee to Draft Policy Statement

Lebanon’s newly formed government has held its first meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, and a ministerial committee tasked with drafting the policy statement was formed.

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Berri: Policy Statement Should Be Devised in a Week

Speaker Nabih Berri revealed on Saturday that devising the policy statement for the newly formed government will take “less than a week,” MTV station reported on Saturday.

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