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Jumblat Says Ahmadinejad's Visit Strengthened Lebanon's Steadfastness

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has slammed those "who are still theorizing about Lebanon's neutralism under the emblem of keeping it away from axes, despite the fact that Lebanon is at the core of the region and directly and inevitably involved in its issues due to the factors of history and geography."

"The pretentious slogans that speak of Arab solidarity have proven their futility during the latest experience at the Serte (Arab) summit which failed in producing the minimum requirements for confronting the various challenges and difficulties," Jumblat added in his weekly column in his party's mouthpiece Al-Anbaa.

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Abadi: Properly Equipping Army is Currently Proposed and Hariri Will Visit Iran Soon

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Rokn-Abadi revealed on Monday that the possibility of Iran properly equipping the Lebanese army is proposed.

He added after meeting former President Emile Lahoud that the positive results of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadeinjad's visit to Lebanon will soon emerge.

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Berri Did Not Meet Feltman: He Came to Say 'We Are Here to See Those Concerned,' Jumblat Will Tell Me Everything

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman's visit was not pre-planned, sources close to Speaker Nabih Berri told An-Nahar newspaper.

Those Feltman met were informed of his arrival just hours before his plane touched down in Beirut Sunday, the sources said in remarks published Monday.

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Sayyed Sacks al-Jadid TV Crew over Question of Assets

Former head of Lebanon's General Security Department Jamil Sayyed has sacked al-Jadid television crew over a question of assets, the television station announced.

It said Sayyed became furious at the end of Sunday's talk show "Usbu fi Sa'a," Arabic for the Week in an Hour, after reporter George Salibi asked him about his property and bank account.

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Nasrallah, Jumblat Meet, Review Efforts to Contain Crises

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed the latest local and regional developments with Druze leader Walid Jumblat Druze.

A statement issued by Hizbullah on Monday said Nasrallah and Jumblat also reviewed efforts to contain crises and challenges facing Lebanon.

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Feltman in Sudden Visit to Lebanon: STL Should Be Allowed to Complete Its Work without Interference

Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, on Sunday arrived in Lebanon on a sudden visit.

Feltman held talks with President Michel Suleiman in Amshit, the president's hometown.

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LF Sources: Hariri and Geagea Agreed on Need to Keep Lebanon Away from Any Axis

Sources from the Lebanese Forces revealed on Saturday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri and LF leader Samir Geagea's meeting on Friday night focused on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon, according to the Central News Agency.

The sources said that the two leaders stressed that "Lebanon will not become linked to any axis and it will stand by Arab consensus on pending issues."

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"New Taif" Fends Off Strife in Lebanon

Political quarters have been discussing possible solutions for the crisis in Lebanon based on averting internal strife, which some sides have accused the international community and American administration of promoting, reported the Central News Agency Saturday.

The solution would be supported by sides concerned with the situation in Lebanon, mainly the U.S., Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

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Nasrallah and Aoun Stress Importance of Ahmadinejad's Historic Visit to Lebanon

Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun stressed on Friday the importance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's historic visit to Lebanon.

A statement from Hizbullah's media relations office said on Saturday that the two leaders held a meeting on Friday on current political, regional, and local developments.

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Qassem Holds Talks with Pietton on STL and Indictment: Hizbullah has the Right to Defend Itself

Hizbullah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed on Friday the party's right to defend itself regarding an indictment that may accuse some of its members of being involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

He made his stand after holding talks with French Ambassador to Lebanon Denis Pietton on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and current developments, reported As Safir Saturday.

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