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Report: Cabinet to Meet in Beiteddine amid S&P Downgrade Concerns

An agreement was reached between senior officials to call the Cabinet for a meeting on Thursday at the summer presidency residence in Beiteddine to discuss the latest political and economic developments, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Aoun Vows Development for Chouf and Aley, Stresses Christian-Druze Unity

President Michel Aoun on Monday pledged developmental projects for the Chouf and Aley regions as he stressed the importance of Christian-Druze unity there.

“Lebanon cannot be united without the unity of Mount Lebanon, which is characterized by its Druze and Christian wings,” Aoun said in a meeting with Arab Tawhid Party chief Wiam Wahhab and a Druze delegation at the summer presidential palace in Beiteddine.

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Report: U.S. Sanctions to Target Christian Ministers, Businessmen

U.S. sanctions will soon target Christian ministers and businessmen accused by Washington of aiding Hizbullah, a media report said.

“There is a lot of talk about U.S. sanctions on Hizbullah’s allies, especially those close to the presidency, the Free Patriotic Movement, the Marada Movement and the Syrian Social National Party,” al-Akhbar newspaper quoted “friends of Washington” as saying in remarks published Monday.

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Aoun: U.S. Hasn't Pressured Us and We'll Overcome Crisis

President Michel Aoun on Monday stressed that Washington has not “pressured” his political camp in connection with the recent crisis over the Qabrshmoun incident.

“The United States has not pressured us and our character does not tolerate any pressures in the first place,” Aoun told reporters in a chat at the summer presidential palace in Beiteddine.

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Bassil Says to Endorse Any Initiative Put Forward by al-Rahi

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Monday announced that he would endorse any initiative put forward by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

“We will positively respond to any initiative by Patriarch al-Rahi to safeguard Mount Lebanon,” Bassil said after meeting al-Rahi in al-Diman.

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Safieddine Says U.S. Action against Hizbullah Futile

A senior Hizbullah official on Sunday stressed that all U.S. sanctions and actions against his group are futile.

“All the U.S. talk we are hearing here and there has no value… and all their sanctions, threats and campaigns will not change any of the facts on the ground,” the head of Hizbullah’s executive council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine said.

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Arslan Calls on Hariri to Stop Sending 'Overseas Messages'

Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan on Sunday called on Prime Minister Saad Hariri to stop sending what he called “overseas messages.”

“I call on PM Saad Hariri not to send us overseas messages, because the country can no longer bear them. Those who await overseas messages are the weak ones and not us,” Arslan said at a memorial service marking 40 days since the death of Rami Salman and Samer Abi Farraj -- two bodyguards of State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib who were killed in a clash with Progressive Socialist Party supporters in the Aley town of Qabrshmoun.

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Hariri Hosts Pompeo for Lunch

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his wife Lara hosted at their ranch near Washington DC the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife for a lunch banquet, Hariri's press office said on Sunday.

Hariri's sons Hussam and Abdul Aziz and his daughter Louloua, former Minister Ghattas Khoury and his daughter Jenny as well as Rafik Bizri attended.

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Netanyahu Dismisses Nasrallah's Warning

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "unimpressed" by a speech from Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in which the Lebanese group's leader warned of his movement's military strength.

Nasrallah spoke in a TV broadcast Friday marking the anniversary of a 2006 war between Hizbullah and Israel.

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Departures from RHIA Record Highest in Lebanon History

Interior Minister Raya el-Hasan said in a tweet on Saturday that Rafik Hariri International Airport has recorded its highest number of departures on Friday assuring that all the improvements needed will be implemented

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