President Michel Suleiman reiterated on Thursday that the Baabda Declaration holds greater political significance than the new government's policy statement.
He told reporters in Paris: “A flexible phrasing of the statement will be drafted in order to resolve the dispute over the resistance.”Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc reiterated on Thursday that the Baabda Declaration should be part of the cabinet's policy statement and denied “assumptions” that the March 14 alliance was rejecting a clause on the resistance of Hizbullah against Israel.
Following its meeting under MP Fouad Saniora, the bloc slammed “claims” and “untrue assumptions” made by some March 8 camp officials that March 14 was rejecting to put the “concept of resistance against the Israeli enemy in the policy statement.”Full Story
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq held talks on Thursday with Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun.
Mashnouq, who is loyal to al-Mustaqbal movement, refused to disclose to reporters at Rabieh the context of his talks with Aoun after a 45-minute meeting.Full Story
The Syrian opposition rejected a proposal by former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford for the rebels to negotiate with Hizbullah and other factions fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's troops as part of a political solution to the civil war.
In remarks published Thursday, the spokesman of the Syrian National Coalition, Louay Safi, said: “We only negotiate with the Syrians and we won't accept the participation of foreign militias that kill the Syrian people in the political solution.”Full Story
An Israeli reconnaissance air balloon flew on Thursday over the orchards of the southern border towns of Kfarkila and Adaisseh, the state-run National news agency reported.
According to NNA, the air balloon was equipped with developed surveillance cameras and could monitor the areas near the settlement of al-Mtolleh, which overlooks the Lebanese territories.Full Story
An agreement on the names of two candidates for the presidential elections is among many proposals set to be discussed during a planned meeting between the country's top four Maronite leaders, Bkirki spokesman Walid Ghayyad said Thursday.
Ghayyad told Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) that no date has yet been set for the meeting between Phalange leader Amin Gemayel, Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and the head of Marada movement, Suleiman Franjieh.Full Story
A Lebanese citizen kidnapped on Thursday by masked gunmen on the Ablah road in the Bekaa was released in unknown circumstances, media reports said.
Antoine Daher al-Kaadi was reportedly in the custody of the army intelligence that will hand him over to his family after he gives his testimony.Full Story
Hizbullah had recently established a small military airport in the Bekaa city of Baalbek and is operating Iranian-made drones, the Saudi al-Watan daily reported on Thursday.
According to the daily, Hizbullah also created high-security secret tunnels and depots, that were dug under Iranian supervision.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman and al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri held talks in Paris on Wednesday night, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported.
The newspaper said Thursday that the meeting was held on the sidelines of a dinner banquet thrown by deputy Speaker Farid Makari in honor of Suleiman and the delegation that accompanied him to the International Support Group for Lebanon meet.Full Story
Senior officials discussed a controversial decision enforced by Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq to shut down two centers of filling gas canisters in Beirut's southern suburbs.
According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Thursday, ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri contacted high-ranking officials to address the matter and resolve the repercussions caused by the shutting down of the two companies.Full Story