Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat called on Monday for the resumption of national dialogue among the country's bickering leaders while stressing a review of a clause in the government policy statement that stresses the right of the “people, army and resistance to liberate” Lebanese territories.
Hizbullah's “arms are a major point of contention,” Jumblat said at a press conference he held in Mukhtara to announce an initiative that would bring back the March 8 majority and March 14 opposition alliances to the dialogue table.Full Story
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan praised on Saturday the efforts exerted by his counterpart Michel Suleiman locally and in the Middle East to boost peace and stability, stressing that Lebanon's security is linked to the situation in the region.
“Lebanon will advance,” Sargsyan told reporters in a joint press conference with Suleiman at the Baabda Palace.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman is hinging on foreign support to guarantee the success of the national dialogue set to be held on Thursday at the Baabda Palace, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported.
Sources told the newspaper published on Monday that the March 14 opposition is expected to attend the all-party talks to express its support to Suleiman's recent stances.Full Story
Four British Islamist extremists are being trained to fight in Syria at a camp run by radical Islamist preacher Omar Bakri in northern Lebanon, Britain's The Sun newspaper reported on Sunday.
Bakri boasted of his “military-style courses for Islamic fanatics on the lawless border with Lebanon,” The Sun said.Full Story
A Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem has been arrested on suspicion of being an agent of Hizbullah, Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet said on Sunday.
Issam Ali Hashem Mashahra of Jabel Mukaber was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of acting as an agent for Hizbullah, after being recruited during a visit to Lebanon in June 2012, a statement said.Full Story
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed on Sunday “some sides' boycott of the national dialogue,” rejecting any preconditions being placed on the all-party talks.
He said in an indirect reference to the March 14-led opposition: “Some sides are approaching the dialogue in a condescending manner and we will adopt a similar approach to whoever adopts this attitude.”Full Story
Energy Minister Jebran Bassil announced on Saturday that the arrival of the power-generating ships to Lebanon from Turkey has been delayed, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.
He explained that the government has failed to provide the cost of acquiring the ships.Full Story
Lawmakers from the Mustaqbal bloc and March 14-led opposition will attend the luncheon banquet thrown by Speaker Nabih Berri in honor of Armenian President Serzh Sargysyan on Tuesday, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.
It added that Mustaqbal bloc head MP Fouad Saniora will not be able to attend the banquet because he will be traveling.Full Story
A delegation from MP Walid Jumblat's Progressive Socialist Party held talks on Sunday with Prime Minister Najib Miqati as part of the lawmaker's ongoing efforts to reach an initiative to end Lebanon's current political crisis.
During the talks, Miqati "voiced support for the dialogue initiative that will be announced by PSP leader Walid Jumblat and the ideas it will include," said a statement issued by the PM's office.Full Story
Presidents Michel Suleiman is “very upset” with Iran's behavior in and positions towards Lebanon, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.
It revealed that Suleiman had sent last week a letter of complaint to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmedinejad over the Hizbullah drone that flew over Israel in October.Full Story