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Suleiman to Start Consultations to Appoint New PM on Monday

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday announced that consultations on appointing a new prime minister would begin on Monday, following the collapse of the national unity government.

"Consultations with parliamentarians will begin Monday at 12:00 p.m.," Berri said after talks with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace, adding that "the meeting was very good."

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50,000 Tons of Potatoes to the European Union in 2011

The agriculture ministry will begin exporting 50,000 tons of potatoes to the European Union in 2011, Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan told An Nahar daily.

Lebanon will also export apples and grapes to the United Arab Emirates after cleaning them from the residues of pesticides, he said in remarks published Tuesday.

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Damascus Visitors: Hariri Expected to Make Commitments to Guarantee Arab Mediation's Success

Damascus visitors have stressed that Syria hasn't made any commitment to Premier Saad Hariri, saying the prime minister was asked to make a bold move to guarantee the success of the Syrian-Saudi mediation.

Following Hariri's step forward, the March 8 forces would make similar steps that would lead to the consolidation of the Lebanese interior against the indictment that will be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the visitors told As Safir daily in remarks published Tuesday.

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Jumblat Cancels Press Conference, No Reasons Stated

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat scrapped a press conference he was scheduled to hold in Clemenceau at noon Tuesday, the party's media office said.

It did not give the reasons behind the cancellation.

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Hizbullah, Islamic Unification Movement Warn Against Sectarian Sedition

Hizbullah and the Islamic Unification Movement on Tuesday cautioned against sectarian sedition and called for consolidating the country against Israeli threats.

Following talks between Hizbullah official Sayyed Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed and a delegation from the movement headed by Sheikh Bilal Shaaban, the two sides issued a statement calling "on the need to be cautious from sectarian sedition … and work for the consolidation of the country against dangers from Israeli attacks."

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Sarkozy Discusses Situation in Lebanon with Hariri, Abdullah

French President Nicolas Sarkozy held separate talks with Saudi King Abdullah and Premier Saad Hariri in New York on Monday following a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Al-Liwaa daily said that Sarkozy and Hariri reviewed agreements they had reached since their last meeting on November 30 at the Elysee Palace.

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Hariri-Abdullah Meeting: No Settlement on Tribunal

The meeting between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi King Abdullah was "very good," informed sources told An Nahar newspaper, stressing that the premier is still awaiting the March 8 forces to execute their commitments made for the success of the Saudi-Syrian mediation.

The Hariri-Abdullah talks at dawn Monday Beirut time lasted for a long time at the king's suite at the Plaza hotel in New York, the sources said.

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Obama Meets Sarkozy: We Are All Deeply Concerned with Special Tribunal

U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed concern over the crisis that has erupted in Lebanon over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

"I think we are all deeply concerned with the special tribunal there (Lebanon) and making sure that justice is appropriately served," Obama said Monday following talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Oval Office.

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Hariri Meets Ban, Urges Him to Put Pressure on Israel's Border Violations

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon added his backing to the work of a U.N. tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in a meeting with his son, current premier Saad Hariri.

During the one-hour meeting in New York on Sunday, Hariri urged Ban to increase pressure on Israel to end all violations of Lebanese borders, and to help prevent it from exploiting underwater oil and gas.

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Alloush: Hariri Won't Allow Certain Red Lines to be Crossed

Mustaqbal official Mustafa Alloush on Monday said Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not allow "certain red lines" to be crossed.

"There are certain red lines that PM Hariri will not allow to be crossed regardless of any intervention," Alloush told the Voice of Lebanon radio.

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