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Asiri Welcomes Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Dialogue, Denies Naming Aoun for Presidency

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri noted Wednesday that Riyadh's call for blacklisting Hizbullah as a “terrorist” organization must not have any impact on the domestic Lebanese affairs, voicing support for any dialogue between Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement.

“We back any dialogue that gathers the Lebanese,” Asiri said in an interview with NBN television, revealing that during talks in Ain al-Tineh he sensed insistence by Speaker Nabih Berri to secure the success of dialogue between the two parties.

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French Delegation in Lebanon to Finalize Weapons Deal

A French delegation arrived in Lebanon for a number of meetings with related officials to finalize the specific military needs of the Lebanese army under the Saudi grant.

The delegation comprises 30 representatives of the French state and the military industry and they are in Lebanon to finalize what kind of arms its army needs from the Saudi grant's remaining 150-300 million dollars, the An Nahar daily reported on Wednesday.

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Asiri Appeases Berri on Saudi Request to Blacklist Hizbullah

The Saudi Ambassador has informed Speaker Nabih Berri that a request made by Riyadh to the U.N. to blacklist Hizbullah and efforts to hold dialogue between al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah were separate issues.

Local dailies on Wednesday quoted Berri as telling his visitors that he inquired Ambassador Ali Awadh Asiri about the request made last week by the Saudi diplomat to add Hizbullah to the U.N.'s sanctions list.

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Asiri Says Saudi Backs Dialogue 'Regardless of Regional, Int'l Stances'

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri announced Tuesday that his country supports any dialogue initiative that could pave the way for electing a new Lebanese president, “regardless of the events in the region.”

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the priority that Lebanon needs at the moment is enhancing unity among its citizens,” Asiri said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain al-Tineh.

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Saudi Beheads 8th Pakistani since Mid-October

A Pakistani on Tuesday became the eighth person from his country to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking since mid-October.

Seyfour al-Rahman Golajan is the latest of 73 people, foreigners and Saudis, to be executed in the kingdom this year, according to an Agence France Presse tally.

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Saudi Says Attackers behind Shiite Killings Linked to IS

Saudi Arabia said Monday the assailants behind Shiite killings earlier this month are linked to the Islamic State jihadist group, including many jailed previously over suspected extremist ties.

The interior ministry said it had broken up the "criminal network" behind the attack in Eastern Province, adding that the group's "head had links with Daesh," the Arabic name for IS.

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Kerry to Meet Saudi FM in Vienna over Iran

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal is due in Vienna later Sunday where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will update him on nuclear talks with Iran, a senior U.S. official said. 

Kerry will "meet with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to update him on the (Iran) negotiations," the senior State Department official said.

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Denmark Confirms Citizen Shot in Saudi

Denmark on Sunday confirmed that one of its nationals was shot and wounded in the Saudi Arabian capital and said it was assisting the victim's relatives.

"We can confirm that a Danish citizen has been shot. We're giving consular help to the family," a Danish foreign ministry official told AFP.

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Salam Receives Message from Hollande on Independence Day Hoping for Election of President

Prime Minister Tammam Salam received on Sunday a message from French President Francois Hollande on the occasion of Independence Day, during which he expressed France's keenness on Lebanon's unity, stability, and sovereignty.

He added: “As prime minister, you are keen on safeguarding state institutions at this critical time and this should be translated into the election of a president as soon as possible.”

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Report: New President Expected before New Year

The upcoming weeks could be decisive in determining the election of a president given the regional and international interest to end the vacuum at the Baabda Palace, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

Christian sources from the March 14 camp told the daily that France, the Vatican, and Saudi Arabia are pressuring Lebanese powers to end the vacuum.

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