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Hariri Meets Geagea: We’re Seeking to End Arms Hegemony, Not to Eliminate Anyone

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Thursday evening at the Center House with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and MP Strida Geagea on “the latest political developments in the country,” the premier’s press office said.

Earlier Thursday Hariri stressed that his political camp was not seeking to “eliminate anyone.”

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Geagea Hits Back at Nasrallah: Ready to File Lawsuits on Arms' Breach of Constitution

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Thursday that the March 14 camp does not deny what was reported in the recently published WikiLeaks cables.

He said during a press conference: “All that was said in the cables, I repeat every day. All that we stated is true and we are free to perceive them as we wish.”

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Diplomatic Source: Lebanese Expatriates in Bahrain Not Being Harassed

A diplomatic source stated on Thursday that Lebanon is following with interest the situation of Lebanese expatriates in Bahrain given the recent tension between Lebanon and the Gulf state.

The source told the Central News Agency that Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Shami requested from the Lebanese Ambassador to Bahrain Aziz al-Qazzi to remain in constant contact with the approximately 4,500 Lebanese residing in Bahrain.

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Jumblat: Contacts with Hariri Completely Severed, Impossible Demands Hindering Cabinet Formation

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stated that contacts between him and caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri are completely severed, saying that he will not agree to an individual reconciliation with him.

He said in an interview in Al-Afkar magazine that will be published on Friday: “I support Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati and if Hariri believes that Miqati betrayed him, then he should explain his statement or retract it. It is best if he reconsiders his position.”

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Report: Hariri May Postpone Bekaa Visit

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri may postpone his visit to the Bekaa Valley due to prior engagements, according to sources in al-Mustaqbal movement.

Al-Akhbar newspaper on Thursday pointed out that al-Mustaqbal had already prepared for his trip to the Bekaa and had booked Park Hotel in Chtaura for three days.

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WikiLeaks: Rifi Questioned Loyalty of Security Officials Charged with Monitoring Shipments to Lebanon

Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi questioned the loyalty of the security officials charged with monitoring shipments into Lebanon, saying that ten Shiite officers should be replaced, revealed a leaked U.S. Embassy cable published exclusively in Al-Akhbar on Thursday.

Rifi made his statements during a meeting with then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffery Feltman, which took place after he met with then Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and then acting Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat over changes needed at Beirut’s international airport.

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Assad, Jumblat Urge Return to 'Calm, Rational Political Dialogue'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat in Damascus on Thursday, Syria's state-run news agency, SANA, reported.

Following his return to Lebanon, Jumblat said in a statement that the meeting was part of the "continuous communication and consultations with the Syrian leadership," describing the talks as "excellent, friendly and frank."

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WikiLeaks: Assad Said that Syria Would Enter War if Israel Invades Lebanon

A leaked U.S. Embassy cable published exclusively in Al-Akhbar on Thursday reported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as saying that Syria would enter a war with Israel should it invade Lebanon.

Assad informed his biographer American journalist David Lesch that the image of the invincible Israeli army was destroyed during the July 2006 war, said the WikiLeaks cable dated July 25, 2006.

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Al-Seyassah: Gulf to Deport Hizbullah, Iran Guards Agents

Arab states in the Gulf plan to deport thousands of Lebanese Shiites over their alleged links to Hizbullah and Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday.

Al-Seyassah, quoting London-based Arab diplomatic sources, said the measure was being considered because of intelligence reports that Lebanese Shiite activists had been involved in protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

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WikiLeaks: Murr Said Berri was Praying to Liberate Himself from Hizbullah

Caretaker Defense Minister Elias Murr said in a WikiLeaks cable published by al-Akhbar daily on Thursday that Speaker Nabih Berri was eagerly waiting to break his political alliance with Hizbullah.

Berri “is praying to liberate himself politically from Hizbullah,” the cable quoted Murr as saying during a meeting with a U.S. diplomat on August 10, 2006.

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