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Suleiman Seeks Launching National Dialogue to Fortify Lebanon

President Michel Suleiman stressed on Saturday that he will seek to launch a national dialogue with the Lebanese leaders to fortify Lebanon.

“We will seek to launch the national dialogue to agree on the defense strategy, especially when the Israeli threats should make us more determined,” Suleiman said during a banquet in honor of Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

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Jumblat Meets with Arslan Seeking a Ministerial Breakthrough

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblad held talks with Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan in Mukhtara, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

The gatherers discussed the general political situation and the latest developments in the presence of Transportation and Public Works Minister Ghazi al-Aridi.

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New STL Arrest Warrants to Include MPs, Ministers

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing into the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri will issue 14 arrest warrants that will include Lebanese officials, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Anbaa reported on Saturday.

Diplomatic sources told the daily that the warrants are expected to include Lebanese officials and military personnel and other people from different nationalities.

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Miqati from South: We’ll Keep Urging U.N. to Halt Israeli Violations of Lebanon’s Sovereignty

Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Saturday that the stability of Southern Lebanon is the key to achieving stability in the Middle East.

He stated before army units deployed in southern Lebanon: “Stability and security will not be achieved in the region without fair and permanent peace through the implementation of the international agreements that maintain the Palestinian people’s rights.”

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March 14 Legal Meeting on July 26 under Slogan of ‘Justice to Reach Stability’

A March 14 camp meeting of legal experts is expected to be held at the Bristol Hotel on July 26, revealed sources from the camp.

They told the daily An Nahar in remarks published on Saturday that more than 300 legal experts, such as party members, lawyers, and university professors, are set to take part in the event, which will be held under the slogan of “Justice to Reach Stability.”

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Estonian Cyclists Held Captive in Syria and Lebanon

The seven Estonians who were kidnapped in Lebanon for four months revealed that they were held captive in Lebanon and Syria, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

They told Agence France Presse during a press conference in the Estonian capital Tallinn: “We were held in three different secret locations by the eight terrorists, in both Lebanon and Syria. The big advantage was we were together, and that unity gave us the strength to believe we would see a happy end.”

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Abbas Ibrahim’s Appointment as General Security Chief on Monday’s Cabinet Agenda

The agenda of Monday’s extraordinary cabinet session was distributed on Friday, with Abbas Ibrahim’s appointment as the head of General Security among is articles, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

Ministerial sources told As Safir newspaper Saturday that the appointment will be finalized once an agreement is reached on Christian appointments in state administrations.

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Report: Syria Increases Arms Supply Rate to Hizbullah Providing it with Scud D Missiles

Syria has increased its rate of supplying Hizbullah with arms, including long-range missiles, which may lead to instability in the region, reported the British The Times newspaper on Friday.

It reported western and Middle Eastern intelligence sources as saying that the party was also provided with eight Scud D missiles that carry a range of 700 kilometers.

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Suleiman Marks al-Rahi’s Visit to Jbeil with Dinner in his Honor

President Michel Suleiman is throwing a dinner banquet on Saturday in Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi’s honor on the occasion of his visit of the region of Jbeil, reported the daily An Nahar Saturday.

Speaker Nabih Berri, his deputy Farid Makari, Prime Minister Najib Miqati his deputy Samir Moqbel, Papal Ambassador Gabriele Caccia, and a number of ministers, MPs, and heads of Christian parties, including Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel, Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, and FPM leader MP Michel Aoun are also invited.

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U.S. Trained ISF Officers Graduate

On July 15, 2011, eleven officers completed the 13th U.S. - Lebanese Supervision and Management Course, including eight who also completed the Instructors course, at the Internal Security Forces Academy in Warwar.

Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Programs Thaddeus Kontek congratulated them upon their graduation.

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