The Progressive Socialist Party is expected to issue a statement on Sunday supporting the Resistance’s use of its arms against Israel and rejecting their use on the internal scene in Lebanon, reported the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa.
The document is expected to be issued during a general session for the PSP during which it is set to stress the need for the return to dialogue in order to settle the issue of arms possession outside the state’s authority.Full Story
The Lebanese army will not intervene in the July 2006 war, announced then Army Commander General Michel Suleiman, revealed a leaked U.S. Embassy cable published by OTV.
The WikiLeaks cable dated July 18 reported on a meeting with then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey and then French Ambassador to Lebanon Bernard Emie.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Friday the abduction of the seven Estonian tourists earlier this week saying that it “tarnishes Lebanon’s image and it will gradually erode the state’s authority.”
Addressing the inauguration of Beshara al-Rahi as the new Maronite Patriarch, he stated that former Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir witnessed the end of Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon, as well as the end of the Lebanese civil war.Full Story
Army intelligence and the Lebanese army are still conducting searches and sweeps of the area of the Bekaa where seven Estonian tourists were kidnapped earlier this week.
The National News Agency reported on Friday that a Lebanese citizen was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the crime.Full Story
Bahrain has filed an official complaint to the Lebanese government over Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s recent statements last week on the protests in the Gulf state.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa stated that his country won’t be lenient with the threats of a “terrorist organization.”Full Story
Middle East Airlines Chairman Mohammed al-Hout held talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri during which he informed him on the company’s situation in light of the country’s political circumstances, as well as the efforts to evacuate Lebanese expatriates from the Ivory Coast.
“Improvement on the internal scene in Lebanon will positively affect the tourism sector,” Hout said.Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed with the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Assiri the latest developments and bilateral ties.
Hariri met Assiri late on Friday at the Center House, reported the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Saturday.Full Story
Canada is granting an additional 1 million dollars to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, announced Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Saturday.
The total of Canadian contributions to the STL reached 3.7 million dollars, the daily remarked.Full Story
The wave of optimism surrounding the formation of the Lebanese government has diminished after Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun renewed his demands over the distribution of portfolios.
The pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported on Saturday that Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh’s recent visits to Syria where they met Syrian President Bashar Assad presented a “strong push towards forming the government.”Full Story
A ceremony to inaugurate Beshara al-Rahi as the 77th patriarch of the Maronite church was held Friday in Bkriki, in the presence of the country's top leaders and Arab and Western envoys.
President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, caretaker premier Saad Hariri and Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati participated in the ceremony.Full Story