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Saudi FM Warns of 'Dangerous Circumstances' in Lebanon if No Reform

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has warned that Lebanon will face “dangerous circumstances” if political leaders do not embrace “true reforms.”

“Lebanon’s future is in the hands of the Lebanese,” the minister said in English in an interview with CNN.

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Bodies of Three Lebanese Sisters Wash Up in Syria

The bodies of three sisters missing in Lebanon have washed up on a Syrian beach and a probe is underway to determine how they drowned, a Lebanese security official said Sunday.

The sisters went missing from a village in northern Lebanon on Monday, said the official, adding that Syrian authorities found their bodies on Friday.

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Al-Rahi Urges All Lebanese to Recognize Lebanon as 'Final Homeland'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday said that it would be unreasonable for the Lebanese to “waste all their sacrifices and martyrs for the sake of domestic caprices and foreign schemes.”

“That’s why we invite all Lebanese for a moment of conscience in order to renew recognition of Lebanon as a final homeland, and to translate this recognition into ultimate allegiance to the Lebanese homeland and to an independent, legitimate and free state,” al-Rahi said in his Easter Mass sermon.

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Geagea Receives Phone Call from al-Rahi

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea received overnight a phone call from Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

The National News Agency said al-Rahi called Geagea to inquire about his health after he contracted coronavirus.

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Aoun Voices Support for Jordan after Security Sweep

President Michel Aoun on Sunday announced that “Lebanon’s president and people stand by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” a day after several senior figures were detained and a half-brother to the monarch said he was under house arrest.

“Lebanon’s president and people stand by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the face of what might affect stability and safety in brotherly Jordan, which has always stood by Lebanon during the difficult circumstances,” Aoun said.

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Cautious Optimism Engulfs Cabinet Formation Process

The cabinet formation consultations have entered the Easter vacation and anticipation is still engulfing the stances of the parties towards Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative for the formation of a 24-minister government, media reports said.

“There is betting on the holiday greetings phone calls, which might break the ice,” informed sources close to Hizbullah and Amal Movement told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

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Aoun Says Corrupt Politicians Must be Named

President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that naming the corrupt in person is the first real step towards fighting corruption in Lebanon.

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Rahi: Citizens’ Rights Must be Prioritized over Sects

Maronite Patriarch Beshara el-Rahi on Saturday criticized Lebanese leaders for bickering over government shares while the people suffer from poverty and a crippling economic and financial crisis ongoing for more than a year.

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LF Chief Contracts Coronavirus

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea tested positive for coronavirus, his media office announced Friday.

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Lebanon Observes 3-Day Total Lockdown on Easter

Lebanon began a three-day total lockdown on Saturday in a step to control the spread of coronavirus during the Easter festivities and holiday period.

The measures will include a curfew and urgent movement permissions via the electronic platform while worshipers will have to use the platform to attend Easter mass in churches.

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