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Strong Lebanon to PSP: State to Have Upper Hand in Crisis

The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc on Tuesday lashed out at the Progressive Socialist Party, saying the “sobbing” of some of its ministers and MPs “will not deceive anyone.”

“It will not prevent the State from having the upper hand in all of the crisis' junctures,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting, referring to the political crisis sparked by the deadly Qabrshmoun incident.

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Hariri Envoy Meets Aoun but No Cabinet Session Expected This Week

Prime Minister Saad Hariri's political adviser Ghattas Khoury on Tuesday held talks with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace.

Khoury left without making a statement but the National News Agency said he relayed to the president a “verbal message” from Hariri about “the latest developments.”

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Ibrahim, Pederson Tackle Issue of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim on Tuesday held talks at his office with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, accompanied by his deputy Khawla Matar, the National News Agency reported.

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Jumblat: Unlike Others, PSP Prioritizes Country’s Interests

Progressive Socialist Party ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Tuesday said his party is keen on “prioritizing” decisions that fall in the country’s interest, unlike others who seek “personal” gains.

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Kedanian Says Tension Strikes Lebanon at a Time of Tourism Recovery

Tourism Minister Avedis Kedanian met with President Michel Aoun on Tuesday and relayed the “security” concerns of tourists bound to visit Lebanon in the wake of the Mountain incident, noting that Aoun has appeased these fears.

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MP Says Hariri Keen on Appeasement, His Resignation Not Probable

Member of al-Mustaqbal Movement MP Mohamed al-Hajjar said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s efforts for appeasement against the backdrop of Qabrshmoun incident are ongoing, and that he has been holding talks with officials in order to schedule a Cabinet meeting “on the right time.”

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Bassil Says Not behind Cabinet Suspension, Urges Jumblat to 'Hand Over Fugitives'

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil said Monday that the repercussions of the deadly Qabrshmoun incident will not end before the Progressive Socialist Party hands over the “fugitives.”

Reminding of PSP chief Walid Jumblat's announcement that his party is not “above the law,” Bassil called on Jumblat to prove that the PSP is “under the law.”

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Arslan 'Insists' on Judicial Council in Meeting with Aoun

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan and State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib on Monday held talks in Baabda with President Michel Aoun.

The two left without making a statement but LBCI TV said Arslan expressed his “insistence more than ever” on referring the case of the deadly Qabrshmoun incident to the Judicial Council, stressing that “there will be no bargaining over the blood of the two victims.”

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PSP, Kataeb Affirm ‘Strong’ Mountain Reconciliation, Jab at Bassil, Bou Saab

The Kataeb and Progressive Socialist Parties on Monday called for “constructive dialogue” and affirmed that the 2001 Mountain Reconciliation still stands strong despite the deadly armed clash that took place in the Druze area of Aley late in June.

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Aoun Meets Berri at Baabda Palace

Speaker Nabih Berri visited President Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda to deliberate an outcome for a new dispute arising in the country over referring a deadly incident in the Aley town of Qabrshmoun to the Judicial Council.

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