Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Thursday described the oil and gas sector as “the most sensitive sector in Lebanon.”Full Story
A member of the jihadist group al-Nusra Front was arrested Thursday in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, state-run National News Agency reported.Full Story
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary on Thursday paid his first visit to the newly appointed Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), General Joseph Aoun, in Beirut.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Thursday that Lebanon is not headed for a crisis regarding the electoral law, while noting that Hizbullah's presence as an armed group is a “regional issue.”Full Story
President Michel Aoun on Thursday promised that “a comprehensive economic plan” will be devised, noting that he “understands” citizens' dismay over the taxes that have been proposed to fund the wage scale of the public sector.Full Story
The public sector employees in Lebanon held a sit-in on Thursday near the Finance Ministry demanding the government approves a list of demands mainly the long-stalled wage scale file.
The Public Administration Employees Association expressed resentment in a statement against what it described as a policy of “procrastination” in relation to the pay scale, and demanded its approval as listed in the tables approved by the parliamentary committees.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a meeting in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Sharif Ismail where talks focused on the latest developments at the Arab and international arenas, a statement issued by Hariri's press office said.
Means to bolster bilateral ties between Lebanon and Egypt at the economic, commercial and other levels were discussed, added the statement.Full Story
A U.S. military delegation is expected to visit Beirut soon, to complete a visit paid a few days ago by Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, An Nahar daily reported on Thursday.
Senator Richard Burr led a delegation of five senators including Senators John Cornyn, Marco Rubio , James Lankford, and Tom Cotton on a visit to Lebanon from March 17 to March 18.Full Story
After his latest defensive statements of Hizbullah and its weapons, President Michel Aoun is under a “pressure campaign” at the domestic and international levels “to prevent him from making unfavorable positions at the upcoming Arab League Summit,” as concerns mount that U.S. authorities could tighten measures on Lebanese banks over alleged facilitation of Hizbullah transactions, al-Akhbar daily reported on Thursday.
It is estimated that the pressure campaign and intimidation will continue, at least until the Arab summit convenes at the end of March in Amman, to prevent Aoun from declaring “undesirable” positions at the highest Arab forum, said the daily.Full Story
Kataeb party leader MP Sami Gemayel emphasized that the party still prefers to hold the upcoming parliamentary elections using individual districts --one person, one vote--or proportional representation in small districts, al-Joumhouria daily said on Thursday.
“We are still on our position as for staging the elections using individual districts or proportionality in small districts,” Gemayel told the daily.Full Story