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The latest meeting between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geageaa “has turned the page on the disagreement of the past months” between the two parties, an LF official said.
Geagea “wanted the meeting to be the beginning of a new and productive political phase that can improve people's lives and restore confidence with the formation of the new government, after benefiting from the positive shock that was created by the elections,” LF spokesman Charles Jabbour told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.Full Story
The latest parliamentary elections have plunged the country into a dangerous phase due to the “sectarian incitement” that marred the electoral campaigns, sources close to Speaker Nabih Berri have said, while noting that “there is insistence on overcoming this situation after the polls.”
“The Baabda meeting between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Berri focused on key issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, the economic situation and the regional situation,” the sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri was quick to congratulate Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki on winning one of the top prizes at the Cannes festival overnight Saturday.
“Congratulations to the director Nadine Labaki and all the crew of the film Capernaum on winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes cinema festival,” Hariri tweeted.Full Story
Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, who won one of the top prizes at Cannes on Saturday with a story of dirt poor children and migrants, dedicated her award to her impoverished amateur cast and her homeland.Full Story
The Marada Movement of MP Suleiman Franjieh said that negotiations with ex-PM and MP-elect Najib Miqati to form a joint parliamentary bloc “did not lead to positive results,” al-Akhbar daily reported on Saturday.
“Discussions with the former prime minister about joining the parliamentary bloc which Franjieh seeks to form in the parliament did not heap positive results,” Marada sources told the daily.Full Story
Hizbullah party is reportedly eyeing an increased share in Lebanon’s new government amid reports it could “foil its formation” shall Prime Minister Saad Hariri respond to the U.S. “veto” against the party, Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Saturday.Full Story
Despite concerns that the U.S. sanctions against Iran and Hizbullah could affect Lebanon’s economy, the former Lebanese Ambassador to the United States Riad Tabbara assured that Washington is keen on “distancing Lebanon’s economy and banking sector” from measures it takes in that regard, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.
In an interview to the daily, Tabbara said: “What matters to Lebanon is the sanctions on Hizbullah and its financiers, and perhaps also on those who support it politically, which of course constitutes an economic threat to Lebanon.Full Story
Acting UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel attended the inauguration of the Lebanese Armed Forces regional Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) center for south Lebanon in Marjayoun on Friday, which was established with the support of UNIFIL and Government of Spain.Full Story
President Michel Aoun on Friday said that the international community must respect the Lebanese will to stay distant from the turmoil and developments around it in the region.Full Story
Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil presented at a press conference on Friday the technical terms of conditions for the project of importing liquefied natural gas to Lebanon.
Abi Khalil said the plan to import LNG vessels to Lebanon “has been delayed since 2010, resulting in government losses of around $27 billion due to the “agendas” of some, and previous mistaken decisions.”Full Story