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Al-Aloula in Beirut: Over 20 Agreements with Lebanon Will be Activated

Saudi royal envoy Nizar al-Aloula arrived Tuesday in Lebanon for talks with senior Lebanese officials.

“We came to congratulate over the formation of the government, which we hope will bring welfare to you, because if Lebanon rises the Arab world will rise,” al-Aloula told reporters at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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Arrest Warrants for 4 ISF Officers, 11 Personnel in Bribery Probe

Mount Lebanon First Examining Magistrate Nicolas Mansour on Monday issued arrest warrants against four Internal Security Forces officers and 11 ISF personnel.

The defendants are accused of “collaborating with networks for forging and circulating currency and others involved in human trafficking,” the National News Agency said.

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Hariri to Zarif: Lebanon Respects Its Pledges towards Arab, Int'l Community

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Lebanon “respects its pledges and commitments towards the Arab and international community.”

A statement issued by Hariri's office said the Grand Serail meeting tackled the local and regional situations and the bilateral ties between the two countries and that the meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and ex-ministers Ghattas Khoury and Bassem al-Sabeh.

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Zarif Meets Nasrallah, Says Iran Ready to Help in All Files

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks Monday with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during an official visit to Lebanon.

The meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and the delegation accompanying Zarif.

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Arslan from Baabda: No Refugee Solution without Clear Relation with Syria

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Monday stressed that there can be no solution for Lebanon's refugee crisis without a “clear and frank relation with the Syrian state.”

Arslan voiced his remarks after meeting President Michel Aoun along with Saleh al-Gharib, the new State Minister for Refugee Affairs.

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New U.N. Special Coordinator Ján Kubiš Arrives in Lebanon

Ján Kubiš arrived Monday in Beirut to take up his new position as United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, his office said.

Kubiš held talks with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil shortly after his arrival.

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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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U.S.-Backed Forces Push Syria Offensive against Last IS Pocket

Syrian fighters backed up by artillery fire from a US-led coalition pressed their assault Monday to retake a last morsel of territory from the Islamic State group, a war monitor said.

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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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