President Michel Suleiman is expected to hold talks on Saturday morning at the Baabda palace with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati on the results of his consultations with parliamentary blocs and MPs.
Suleiman’s visitors reported him as saying that the issues of dispute between the Lebanese, especially those linked to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, should be resolved through dialogue.Full Story
A high-ranking European diplomatic denied that a French-Qatari deal was behind the appointment of Najib Miqati as prime minister-designate, saying that France, like other western countries, is monitoring the “worrisome situation” in Lebanon.
He told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published on Saturday that Miqati is faced with a number of tests regarding the formation of a new Lebanese government, as well as challenges in how he deals with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Full Story
A Lebanese army helicopter made an emergency landing Friday on the outskirts of the Akkar town of Jdeidet al-Qaitaa due to a technical malfunction.
No one was hurt in the incident as a maintenance team from the Qleiat Air Base arrived on the scene.Full Story
Outgoing premier Saad Hariri held talks Friday evening at the Center House with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams.
"We had a very good meeting. I underlined the importance of maintaining calm and stability in Lebanon during this period. As I have always said, all parties need to work together and engage in dialogue to resolve outstanding differences, no matter how sensitive," Williams said after the meeting.Full Story
A French man was killed in an avalanche on Lebanon's highest mountain peak on Friday while 10 other skiers escaped unharmed, officials and a witness said.
The French embassy confirmed to Agence France Presse that one of its citizens had been killed in an accident in Qornet al-Sawda, which overlooks the Cedars of north Lebanon and the eastern Bekaa Valley.Full Story
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that “no one and no country” should obstruct the functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, calling on the Lebanese people and government to work on reaching political stability in their country.
He stressed during the World Economic Forum in Davos that the STL is “adopting an independent legal route.”Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea held talks on Friday with French Ambassador to Lebanon Denis Pietton on the postponement of the contact group meeting between France, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.
The French official explained that the meeting was not necessary at the moment because the tensions that had been predominant in Lebanon have eased, said a statement from Geagea’s media office.Full Story
The Lebanese army on Friday rescued 10 people, one of them critically injured, who had been trapped in an avalanche on Lebanon's highest mountain peak, a military spokesman said.
"Army special forces were deployed to Qornet al-Sawda to rescue 10 people, including French and Lebanese nationals, and all we know at present is that one of them is seriously injured," the spokesman told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Both the seat of the Maronite church and the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, aka Al-Ahbash, denied on Friday reports about a bomb threat against a Catholic school in Lebanon.
Bkirki's secretariat said in a statement that reports about the threat were not true.Full Story
Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati on Friday wrapped up two days of consultations with the various parliamentary blocs as part of efforts to form a new Lebanon government.
Miqati said there are two opposing views – one that is requesting commitments and one is seeking the opposite.Full Story