Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Wednesday that if the other camp wanted “to threaten us with withdrawing from Cabinet if we maintained our position over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, then it may do so without resorting to bargaining over the matter.”
He said after holding talks with Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Ahmed al-Bedewi: “President Michel Suleiman prefers not to resort to a vote during today’s Cabinet session.”Full Story
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams hoped on Wednesday that the air of camaraderie would pervade in today's Cabinet session in accordance with respecting the Doha agreement and the ministerial statement.
He also hoped after holding talks with Foreign Minister Ali al-Shami that the government would be able to ease the tensions in Lebanon.Full Story
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani warned on Tuesday of the challenges facing the Lebanese internal scene, stressing Qatar's support for Lebanon in helping it implement the Doha agreement.
He called on all Lebanese political forces to be wary of sides seeking to harm Lebanon's security and stability, urging them to quickly solve their problems and settle the country's crisis, which is also affecting the Arab world's stability, especially in Iraq, Sudan, and Palestine.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman is scheduled to head to Qatar on November 23 on a two-day visit at Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's request, reported As Safir on Wednesday.
The paper also added that Turkish President Abdullah Gul is expected to visit Lebanon in January at an invitation by Suleiman.Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat stressed on Wednesday its commitment to Christian-Islamic equality as it is the strongest guarantee for maintaining coexistence in light of the internal and regional disputes.
It rejected in its weekly meeting subjecting Lebanon to armed powers following political and factional agendas.Full Story
Druze leader Walid Jumblat will visit Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Vice-President Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nassif.
As-Safir newspaper quoted Jumblat as saying that there is a "historic moment" represented in talks between Syrian and Saudi Arabia.Full Story
The United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon Director of Political and Civil Affairs Milos Strugar stressed on Monday that Israel is obligated to withdraw from the northern section of the village of Ghajar, as well as the areas adjacent to the Blue Line in accordance with U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.
He said: "This matter has been under study for a long time and we had launched an active dialogue on it with both sides based on UNIFIL's suggestion to facilitate the Israeli army's withdrawal from the region."Full Story
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is close to indicting senior Hizbullah commanders, reported the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
U.N. investigators are likely to indict between two and six members of the party before the end of the year, including Mustafa Badreddine, brother-in-law of slain Hizbullah official Imad Mugniyeh, it added.Full Story
U.S. Senator John Kerry stressed on Monday the United States' "steadfast for a sovereign, independent, stable Lebanon."
He made his statements after holding talks with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace.Full Story
Minister of Labor Butros Harb noted on Monday that the March 8 forces are seeking to stage a coup against the state institutions.
He told Voice of Lebanon radio that it aims to transfer the false witnesses file to the justice council, a matter that would take years for it to handle.Full Story