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Aoun Tells Zaki Taef Accord Not 'Threatened'

President Michel Aoun on Thursday stressed that Lebanon is committed to the Taef Accord, during a meeting with Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki in Baabda.

At the beginning of the meeting, Aoun said he welcomes any Arab League initiative aimed at resolving the current Lebanese crisis, telling Zaki that Lebanon appreciates the care that the League is showing towards Lebanon.

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Berri's Initiative Reportedly Still on the Table

Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative for resolving the cabinet formation crisis is still on the table and has not been shelved, political sources said.

The initiative has however been suspended to “give a chance to those who objected to it to review their calculations and become convinced of it,” the

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Syrian Missile Hits Lebanon during Israeli Raid on Damascus

Israel carried out a missile attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday that wounded four soldiers, Syria's state media said.

State news agency, SANA, quoted an unidentified military official as saying that Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down most of the missiles before they hit their targets. SANA said some of the missiles were fired by Israeli warplanes flying over neighboring Lebanon.

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Aoun Warns against 'Fall of Forensic Audit', Calls It 'Battle against Thieves'

President Michel Aoun on Wednesday urged the Lebanese to support him in the forensic audit “battle,” warning that its fall would undermine the French initiative.

“A meeting was held yesterday between representatives of the Finance Ministry, the central bank governorship and the Alvarez & Marsal firm without reaching a tangible result and it was decided to hold another meeting on Friday,” Aoun said in an address to the nation.

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Egyptian FM Pushes for 'Fast' Formation of 'Govt. of Specialists'

Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday urged Lebanon’s leaders to seek the quick formation of a so-called government of specialists that can rescue the country from its multiple crises.

“I expressed our concern in Egypt and at the regional and international levels over the continuation of the political crisis,” Shoukry said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

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UNIFIL Head Chairs Tripartite Meeting with Lebanese and Israeli Officers

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col on Wednesday chaired a special Tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israeli army at a U.N. position in Ras al-Naqoura.

The meeting was held in a modified format due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

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Aoun Urges No 'Elimination, Discrimination' in Govt. Formation

President Michel Aoun on Wednesday stressed that there should be no “elimination or discrimination” in the cabinet formation process.

In a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Baabda, Aoun called for respecting “the norms of the constitution and the National Pact on which the Lebanese system is based” in order to “overcome this crisis.”

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Lebanon's Dollar Crisis Dims Future of Students Abroad

Lebanese medical student Mohammad Sleiman traveled to Belarus to become the first doctor in his family, but he now fears his country's economic crisis is going to get him expelled.

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Conflicting Reports on Govt. Formation Progress

Conflicting reports emerged Wednesday on the level of progress that has been made in the cabinet formation process after optimism surged in recent days.

“The latest governmental developments, especially the France visit, were mere ideas that reflected Lebanese intentions towards pushing for resolving the formation obstacles, but the Elysee Palace did not have this intention and it did not raise the idea of bringing together (Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran) Bassil and (PM-designate Saad) Hariri in Paris,” informed sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper.

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Bassil Yet to Travel to Paris, Hariri 'Doesn't Want to Meet Him'

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassi is still in Lebanon and did not travel Tuesday to Paris, contrary to the latest media reports, sources close to him said.

Bassil has however “received an invitation from the Elysee to visit Paris and his travel is hinging on a phone call to inform him of the date of a meeting whose nature is yet to be defined,” the sources told LBCI TV.

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