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Berri Says Israel Bid to Share Lebanon Gas 'Categorically Rejected'

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri emphasized Wednesday that Lebanon will not allow Israel to seize control of parts of its offshore oil and gas fields.

“Lebanon's stance is unified and coherent in terms of defending our sovereignty, oil resources and maritime and territorial borders,” Berri said during his weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting with lawmakers.

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Aoun, Berri, Hariri Discuss Israeli Strikes at Syria

President Michel Aoun discussed with Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri the latest development after the Israeli airstrikes on Syria, the Lebanese Presidency said in a tweet on Saturday.

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Aoun, Berri Agree to Meet, Put End to War of Words

President Michel Aoun held phone talks Thursday with Speaker Nabih Berri amid an unprecedented row between them and skyrocketing tensions between their supporters.

The phone call was held during Prime Minister Saad Hariri's meeting with Aoun in Baabda and at the premier's request, according to MTV.

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Aoun, Berri, Hariri Warn over Israeli Threats

President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday over remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman about an offshore gas site dubbed Block 9.

“What Lieberman has said about Block 9 represents a direct threat to Lebanon and its right to extend national sovereignty over its territorial waters,” Aoun said.

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Berri: Nominations Begin Feb. 5, No Time to Amend Electoral Law

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed Wednesday that there is no time left to amend the electoral law seeing as the nominations and electoral campaigns are scheduled to begin on February 5.

Noting that any amendments would lead to postponing the elections, Berri noted that “nominations begin on February 5 and come to an end on March 7, and the complete electoral lists are supposed to be submitted to the Interior Ministry by March 27.”

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Jumblat Dispatches Abu Faour to Hariri with 'Initiative' to Solve Aoun-Berri Row

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat dispatched MP Wael Abu Faour to the Grand Serail on Thursday reportedly carrying an initiative to solve the differences between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri over the officers seniority decree.

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Berri Warns: Israel's Planned Border Wall Will Violate Lebanon's Sovereignty

Speaker Nabih Berri warned Wednesday that Israel's planned border wall will violate Lebanon's sovereignty in several points, as he slammed a recent visit by Israeli settlers to the occupied Shebaa Farms.

Speaking to MPs during the weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting, Berri also warned that Israel intends to encroach on the Prophet Ibrahim religious shrine in the Shebaa Farms.

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Berri: Elections are Definite, Ready to Secure Communication Channels with Syria

Speaker Nabih Berri assured that Lebanon's parliamentary elections will be held, as he expressed readiness to delegate a Lebanese minister to secure channels of communication with Syria in order to return the displaced back to safe zones in their countries.

“I am ready to secure a communication channel (between Lebanon and Syria) and am ready to assign a minister for that purpose if they wish me to,” said Berri in an interview to al-Ittihad .

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Berri Stresses that Legislation is Parliament's Responsibility

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed Monday that legislation is the responsibility of Parliament, while noting that the Constitutional Council's latest ruling that revoked a new tax law “was not brought by the angels.”

Calling on the government to implement what he had “long called for” regarding the new wage scale, Berri noted that “whoever has the right to legislate expenditure also has the right to legislate revenues and taxes, regardless whether or not they are included in the state budget.”

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Berri Says Failure to Hold By-elections Violates Constitution

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced Wednesday that the failure to hold parliamentary by-elections to fill three vacant seats in Tripoli and Keserwan is “a violation of the Constitution,” lamenting that “these by-elections will not be held.”

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