Prime Minister Najib Miqati called on the international community on Thursday to help Lebanon tend to the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country while reaffirming the Lebanese state's policy to distance itself politically from the crisis in Syria.
“Lebanon reaffirms its disassociation policy on both the political and security levels in order to maintain stability and avoid related consequences and risks,” he told the 67th General Assembly session at the U.N. headquarters in New York.Full Story
Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed Thursday that "Lebanon respects commitments to the international resolutions" assuring that his goal is "to isolate Lebanon from what is happening in the region."
During his meeting with the U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon in New York, Miqati said: "Lebanon respects the U.N. charter and its obligations to international resolutions. My goal is to isolate Lebanon and to immunize it against the repercussions of the situation in Syria."Full Story
President Michel Suleiman stressed on Thursday that Lebanese expatriates have the right to vote in the 2013 parliamentary elections, lamenting the fact that the state has not done enough for them.
He wondered: “Isn't the parliamentary electoral law a cornerstone of the democratic system? Don't the expatriates have the right to vote?”Full Story
United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly visited on Thursday the Bekaa Valley to examine the situation along Lebanon’s borders with Syria and the conditions of displaced Syrians in that area, announced his press office in a statement.
“I have been impressed by what I have seen of the dedication of the Lebanese army in the border areas but remain seriously concerned by the impact of cross-border fighting and incursions, from whatever source,” said Plumbly.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat highlighted on Thursday the attack on the Syrian army headquarters on Wednesday, saying that the army today is “burning and being burnt due to the ruling regime and its lies.”
He said in a statement: “The burning of the headquarters means that Syria will sink into chaos, civil war, and destruction along with the Syrian army.”Full Story
A Syrian unit infiltrated on Thursday the Bekaa region of al-Qaa where it destroyed the house of Mohammed Aqil al-Radi, reported the National News Agency.
Future television meanwhile said that a shell fired from the Syrian side of the border landed on Abu Talal al-Radi's house in al-Qaa.Full Story
Military Tribunal Judge Imad al-Zein rejected on Thursday requests to release eight of al-Meqdad clan members held in custody.
He refused the request and instead kept them under arrest, setting October 1 as a date to resume investigations with them.Full Story
Prime Minister Najib Miqati is scheduled to address on Thursday the 67th General Assembly meeting held at the United Nations headquarters in New York around midnight Beirut time.
The premier contacted President Michel Suleiman to brief him on the meetings that he held in New York with top officials, according to a statement issued by Miqati's press office.Full Story
Hizbullah has ramped up its support for the Syrian government, sending in military advisers to aid the regime of President Bashar Assad in the bloody struggle against the opposition, U.S. and Lebanese government officials said.
The Washington Post quoted Lebanese officials as saying that the support has markedly increased since a July 18 bomb attack in Damascus that killed four senior security officials, including Assef Shawkat, Assad’s brother-in-law.Full Story
The Lebanese army discovered a training camp set up by a network in the mountain area between al-Bireh and al-Rafid towns in Rashaya, which is suspected of smuggling arms to neighboring Syria.
According to a report published in As Safir newspaper, the army raided the hideout after receiving information over the use of machineguns and automatic rifles in the area.Full Story