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Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad on Monday said the “party was now in a better position than before, following the parliamentary elections,” the National News Agency said.
"After the elections our situation is at its best compared to the past. Things have become better. We are not pressured, neither regarding a permanent majority at the Parliament, nor about forces that can impose any decision on the country without consulting us," the head of the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc said during a memorial ceremony in the southern Bint Jbeil town of Kherbet Selm.Full Story
The last few weeks have seen a renewed public debate about refugee returns. As Lebanon struggles to grapple with its complex economic and political challenges, the United Nations’ role in the return of Syrian refugees has become entangled with the internal debate on how to handle the large refugee population in Lebanon, and prospects for their return to Syria.
The United Nations and the Government of Lebanon share the same common strategic objective of supporting peace and stability in Lebanon by addressing security, economic, humanitarian and social challenges. We are grateful for the generosity expressed by Lebanon and the Lebanese since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. The international community has much to learn from the Lebanese, who have themselves experienced displacement and uprooting over the last few decades. This is why it is so important to continue supporting Lebanon at a time when it is facing multiple challenges.Full Story
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim on Monday downplayed allegations published in an American daily over Beirut airport measures regarding Iranian passengers, assuring that stamping passports at RHIA is “not compulsory, and has been adopted in several Gulf and European countries.”Full Story
Lebanon faces tremendous economic challenges in light of “conditional” international aid pledging economic and humanitarian assistance for the Mediterranean country which presses for a rapid formation of a new Cabinet now that Eid al-Fitr holiday is over.Full Story
Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday slammed as “unfounded” allegations published in the American Foreign Policy magazine claiming that Hassan Hijazi, the Lebanese charge d’affairs in Asunción, Paraguay is attempting to block the extradition of an alleged Hizbullah financier to the United States, the Ministry said in a statement.
“An article published in the FP magazine, in which the charge d’affairs in the Embassy of Lebanon in Paraguay, Hassan Hijazi, is accused of obstructing the return of a citizen to the United States on charges of drug trafficking and laundering of funds for Hizbullah is inaccurate," the Ministry said in the statement.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi called upon Lebanese officials to maintain national unity and to stop “destructive” political bickering, the National News Agency reported on Sunday.Full Story
Several efforts have reportedly been made to suppress a new political row between Lebanon’s political parties, this time between the Progressive Socialist Party and the Free Patriotic Movement, reports said Sunday.Full Story
According to reports, Hizbullah is allegedly “using Beirut’s airport to facilitate the smuggling of weapons and fighters in favor of Iran,” the Washington Times said.
The daily said Hizbullah is “corrupting” the Rafik Hariri International Airport and has allowed the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to take the airport as a base for Iranian regime operations, which consists of transporting weapons and fighters to locations and countries serving the Revolutionary Guards’ strategy for regional intervention.”Full Story
Two people were killed and several others wounded Saturday in an armed clash between members of the Shouman family in the Baalbek district town of Sarine.Full Story
President Michel Aoun has rejected granting the Lebanese Forces a so-called sovereign ministerial portfolio or the deputy premier post in the new government, a media report said.Full Story