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Tenenti: All Sides in Lebanon Voiced Support for UNIFIL According to Resolution 1701

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon spokesman Andrea Tenenti stated on Thursday that the international troops were deployed in Lebanon at the request of the Lebanese authorities.

He said in a statement: “The Lebanese were in national agreement over UNIFIL’s functioning and U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.”

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Al-Rahi to Rome Sunday: Talks to Focus on Cabinet Formation, Developments in Syria

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is scheduled to travel to Rome on Sunday to take part in church activity and a synod held at the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI.

The Patriarch is expected to meet the Pope to discuss various church issues, as well as the latest developments in Lebanon and Syria.

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Wahhab: Cabinet that Commits to International Resolutions Will Fail

Tawheed Movement leader Wiam Wahhab voiced on Thursday his opposition to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, stressing that a Lebanese government that abides by international resolutions will fail.

He said during a lecture in Damascus: “Any government that commits to rejecting the violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and dignity will succeed.”

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Omar Karami’s Brother: Our Family is Not Honored by Being Represented by Faisal

Maan Karami, the brother of former Prime Minister Omar Karami, stated on Thursday that the family does not accept “charity” from any side in Lebanon.

He asked his nephew, Youth and Sports Minister Faisal, if he is content that “AMAL presented a major sacrifice of letting go of a ministerial position.”

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French Minister Urges Patience in Missing Estonians Case

France is committed to helping Estonia free its seven citizens kidnapped in Lebanon but patience is required to solve the sensitive case, France's European affairs minister said Thursday in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

"France as the country that knows Lebanon better than any other country in Europe has assisted and is assisting Estonia with all the means we have in the Lebanon kidnapping case," minister Laurent Wauquiez told reporters.

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Faisal Karami Snaps Back at Geagea: Killer Has no Right to Discuss Sunni Representation

Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami on Thursday slammed Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, saying he is the “killer” of his uncle former Prime Minister Rashid Karami.

Geagea said during a press conference Wednesday that Shiite politics is dominating Premier Najib Miqati’s cabinet, while the Sunni majority is not included in the government and half of the country’s Christians are not represented.

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Geagea: New Cabinet Will Isolate Lebanon from Arab, International Communities

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea noted on Thursday the absence of Arab and international statements of support for the new government.

He said that it was instead met with “complete Arab silence and some skepticism, except from Syria and Iran, who emerged as the victors after the announcement of the government lineup.”

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Dutch Embassy Confirms Two Diplomats Briefly Kidnapped in Lebanon

Two Dutch diplomats were briefly kidnapped last month in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and handed over to Syrian authorities across the border before being freed, the Dutch embassy in Beirut said Thursday.

"The two diplomats were stopped at a public road north of Baalbek by local people on May 24," Hans Peter van der Woude, the deputy head of mission at the Dutch embassy, told Agence France Presse.

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Miqati-Aoun Bicker over International Resolutions, False Witnesses

The differences between PM Najib Miqati and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun during the process of the cabinet formation might be reflected on the policy statement, al-Liwaa daily reported Thursday.

It said Miqati wants to include a statement that Lebanon remains committed to international resolutions, including 1701, in the ministerial statement but the FPM rejects a reference to any Security Council resolution.

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Israel Ready for Negotiations if Lebanon Recognizes its Existence

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said that if the new Lebanese cabinet recognizes the existence of the Israeli state then “negotiations will be launched immediately,” the al-Rai Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday from the German Press Agency-DPA.

He noted that the Israeli Foreign Ministry statement, issued on Wednesday, “doesn’t signify a call for immediate negotiations.”

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