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Report: French President, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Overdue Lebanon Govt

French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke over the phone on the government stalemate in Lebanon before Macron’s press conference, RT international television reported Monday.

RT said that Macron and Salman discussed the cabinet deadlock, reportedly suggesting the name of ex-PM Saad Hariri as “a point of agreement” to lead the next cabinet, and “stressing the need to solve the Lebanese crisis.”

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One in Four Beirut Children Could Miss School after Blast, Says IRC

A quarter of school-age children in Lebanon's capital risk missing out on school after last month's deadly port explosion, the International Rescue Committee aid group warned Monday.

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Macron Slams Shiite Duo, Criticizes Hariri, Urges Govt. in 4-6 Weeks

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday blasted Hizbullah and Amal Movement, criticized ex-PM Saad Hariri’s conduct in the cabinet formation negotiations and said Lebanese parties now have four to six weeks to form a new government or face “a different approach.”

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Aoun Vows to Remain 'Bulwark' to Honor Presidential Oath

President Michel Aoun on Sunday pledged that he will remain a “bulwark” in the face of “anyone trying to undermine the content” of his presidential oath of office.

“If a promise is sacred, an oath is much more sacred! The oath of respecting the Constitution and laws and preserving the country and its territorial integrity,” Aoun tweeted.

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UNIFIL Deploys to Beirut to Assist Army in Aftermath of Port Blast

Following a request from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Sunday deployed a detachment of multinational force to Beirut in order to assist Lebanese authorities with their efforts to deal with the aftermath of the tragic 4 August explosions, UNIFIL said.

The deployment early this morning follows the authorization by the U.N. Security Council for the Mission to take “temporary and special measures” to provide support to Lebanon and its people in the aftermath of the explosions.

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Hariri Says Not Running for PM, Vows to Facilitate French Initiative

Ex-PM Saad Hariri announced Sunday that he is not a candidate for the PM post following the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib.

“In view of what is circulating in the media, the press office of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri stresses that he is not a candidate for the formation of the new government,” the office said in a statement.

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Lebanon Reels after Efforts to Form Government Collapse

Lebanon was left reeling Sunday without the slightest prospect of ending multiple crises, after its premier-designate stepped down following the failure of talks to form a government, despite international pressure.

Mustafa Adib's resignation on Saturday ended efforts to hammer out a reformist government in the wake of a colossal August 4 explosion in Beirut that killed 190 people, injured thousands and ravaged large parts of the capital.

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Parliamentary Consultations to Name New PM Not Imminent

The binding parliamentary consultations to name a new premier following the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib will not be imminent, media reports said.

“The call for parliamentary consultations to pick a prime minister will not be quick,” Presidency sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

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Bassil Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has tested positive for coronavirus, his office said Sunday.

The statement from his office said Bassil will isolate until he recovers, adding that the infection level is still "low and acceptable."

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Israel Says Will Hold U.S.-Mediated Talks with Lebanon on Sea Border

Israel will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute, an Israeli official said.

The official said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. Representatives from the three countries are likely to speak by video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic, the official said.

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