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Del Col Meets Bou Saab, Says Army Must Act on Border Tunnels

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col on Monday held his first meeting with the newly appointed Lebanese Minister of Defense Elias Bou Saab in Beirut to discuss the situation in the UNIFIL area of operation and the continued cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

While congratulating Bou Saab on his appointment, Del Col said the U.N. mission is looking forward to advancing UNIFIL-LAF cooperation in south Lebanon. He also briefed the Minister on the situation in UNIFIL’s 1,060-square-kilometer area of operation and along the Blue Line, “which continues to remain calm,” UNIFIL said in a statement.

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Bassil Says Iran Economic Cooperation Possible, Lebanon to Shun Warsaw Talks

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said Monday that “Lebanon does not see any embarrassment in engaging in any type of economic cooperation with Iran as long as that does not breach international resolutions.”

Bassil voiced his remarks during a joint press conference with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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Aoun Meets Zarif: Iran Can Play a Role in Refugees’ Return

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif led an Iranian delegation to Lebanese on Monday where he met with President Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported.

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Nasrallah Appears on Israeli Billboard

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.

A gigantic poster featuring the Nasrallah overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

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Report: Lebanon Sees Diplomatic Flurry after Govt. Formation

After the formation of Lebanon’s government, the focus has turned now towards a diplomatic flurry seen in the Mediterranean country amid questions on whether it falls in Lebanon’s interest or turns it into a “regional mailbox” to send political messages, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

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Abul Gheit from Beirut: No Deal Yet on Syria's Return to Arab League

The head of the Arab League said Monday in Beirut that there has been no agreement so far for Syria's return to the group.

The league's secretary-general, Ahmed Abul Gheit, made the remarks after meeting President Michel Aoun.

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Jumblat Meets Berri, Tells Hariri Electricity Loan is 'Not Reform'

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat held talks Sunday with Speaker Nabih Berri and addressed a new jab at Prime Minister Saad Hariri despite the latest "pacification" between them.

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Paris Tells Lebanon It's Committed to CEDRE Funds

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday reassured Prime Minister Saad Hariri during a meeting in Dubai that Paris is committed to pay what it had pledged at the CEDRE economic conference.

“We discussed the means to implement the reforms in Lebanon and I wanted to stress to PM Hariri that France fully supports the implementation of these reforms,” Le Maire said after the meeting.

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Ex-MP Ghanem Dies after Sudden Illness

Former minister and MP Robert Ghanem passed away on Sunday at the age of 77 after a sudden illness, the National News Agency said.

Ghanem, who hailed from the Western Bekaa town of Saghbine, served in parliament for 22 years.

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Zarif from Beirut: We're Willing to Back Govt. in All Fields

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday kicked off a three-day official visit to Lebanon.

Speaking to reporters at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, Zarif said his visit has “two goals.”

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