MP Akram Shehayyeb, a member of Druze leader Walid Jumblat’s National Struggle Front, on Tuesday called for unveiling the fate of Syrian dissident Shebli al-Aysami who was last seen in May in the Mount Lebanon town of Aley.
Aysami, 86, is a co-founder of Syria's ruling Baath party who fled his native country in 1966 over political differences.Full Story
The Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday stressed that “transparency governs the work of the Mustaqbal Movement, its parliamentary bloc and the March 14 coalition,” noting that the Saniora and Hariri governments had to resort to extra-budgetary spending between 2006-2011 after “five state budgets referred by the governments of Fouad Saniora and Saad Hariri to parliament were not approved.”
“Some people’s insistence on stirring an uproar is aimed at distorting the facts and demonizing a previous era in Lebanon’s history,” the bloc said in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun slammed on Tuesday the National Struggle Front’s boycott of Monday’s parliamentary session, accusing its leader MP Walid Jumblat of only seeking to ensure his own interests.
He said after the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: “It seems that the MP was never part of the parliamentary majority.”Full Story
Premier Najib Miqati expressed his keenness on controlling the border with Syria and preventing the smuggling of gunmen and weapons, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali said Monday.
“Discussions with the PM focused on the situation on the border and the premier expressed his keenness on the necessity for the army and security forces to carry out their duties in controlling the border and preventing the smuggling of gunmen and arms,” Ali told reporters following talks with Miqati at the Grand Serail.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman held talks on Tuesday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on the sidelines of his visit to the emirate to attend the Arab Connect Summit 2012.
The talks focused on bilateral relations and ways to improve them, as well as the latest regional and Arab developments.Full Story
U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly encouraged Lebanese authorities on Tuesday to provide the humanitarian needs of all Syrian refugees, including dissenters and deserters.
An embassy statement said that following talks with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel at his office in Hamra, Connelly “recognized Lebanon’s efforts to provide assistance to Syrians fleeing the violence in their country.”Full Story
Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan noted on Tuesday that the problem on government spending does not lie in the spending itself, but in the fact that parliament is being undermined.
He also reiterated his bloc’s demand that Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora present the government’s accounting records from 2006 until 2010.Full Story
A Lebanese expatriate, who works in an oil company in Yemen, has been released by his captors on Tuesday, reported the National News Agency.
Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour received news of his release, it added.Full Story
Syrian regime forces bombed on Tuesday a bridge used by refugees fleeing to Lebanon from the central province of Homs, cutting off a key escape route to evacuate the wounded, a monitoring group said.
"Regime forces on Tuesday bombarded a bridge near Qusayr, in Homs province, which is used by refugees and the wounded fleeing to Lebanon," Rami Abdel Rahman, of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France Presse.Full Story
The army has released 28 Syrians, who were detained on Sunday for carrying arms after crossing illegally into Lebanon, An Nahar newspaper reported.
“The military detained 35 Syrian armed Syrian, who crossed into Lebanon with the refugees,” a military source told the daily. “We have questioned them and released 28 after we found out that they haven’t used their weapons in Lebanon or Syria.”Full Story