President Michel Suleiman voiced on Monday his support to an initiative proposed by the Phalange party, which focuses on introducing a constitutional amendment, which calls for neutrality and dissociate the country from the conflicts surrounding it.
“The initiative became a necessity during the current developments in the region,” Suleiman said after talks with a Phalage party delegation at the Baabda Palace.Full Story
Taliban insurgent leaders pledged on Monday to release the final four Turkish engineers held hostage since their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan last month.
Four other Turkish engineers aboard the helicopter were freed on Sunday, three weeks after the crash in Logar province, a Taliban stronghold south of the capital Kabul.Full Story
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim on Sunday returned to Beirut from Damascus after he was promised by Syrian authorities that they will help resolve the case of the abducted Lebanese pilgrims, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.
Ibrahim “met with a number of Syrian officials and discussed with them the case of the Aazaz abductees, handing them a list containing the names of Syrian women prisoners that he had received from Turkish authorities,” NNA said.Full Story
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday condemned bombings in Turkey that killed dozens of people, saying they provide an additional incentive for international cooperation in fighting terrorism.
"The Iraqi government expresses its... strong condemnation of the criminal bombings in the Turkish town of Reyhanli and expresses its solidarity with the... Turkish people and the families of the innocent victims," Maliki said in a statement on his website.Full Story
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged Sunday that Syria was dragging his country down a "vile path" with attacks such as the twin car bombings in the town of Reyhanli, near the Syrian border, that claimed 46 lives.
"They want to drag us down a vile path," Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul, urging Turks to be "vigilant... and level-headed in the face of each provocation aimed at drawing Turkey into the Syrian quagmire."Full Story
Key opposition group the Syrian National Council on Sunday echoed Ankara's accusation that supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime were behind twin car bomb attacks in Turkey that killed dozens a day earlier.
"The Syrian National Council condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly crimes carried out by collaborators of the Syrian regime in the Turkish town of Reyhanli," said the group, an influential faction within the leading opposition National Council.Full Story
Damascus on Sunday denied accusations it was behind twin car bomb attacks that left at least 46 people dead in a Turkish town near the Syrian border, as Ankara arrested nine people in the probe.
Cranes were seen lifting debris from buildings destroyed by Saturday's blasts in Reyhanli, one of the main Turkish hubs for Syrian refugees and rebels.Full Story
Iran has condemned as a "savage terrorist crime" twin car bomb attacks which killed 43 people and injured dozens in a small Turkish town near the Syrian border, media reported on Sunday.
The state broadcaster's website quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying that "confronting terrorism is the duty of all countries".Full Story
The U.S. ambassador to Turkey strongly condemned the "vicious attack" in a small Turkish town near the Syrian border Saturday that killed at least 40 people and wounded 100 more.
"On behalf of the United States, I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the dozens of victims of today's murderous attack in Reyhanli," Francis Ricciardone said in a statement.Full Story
At least 41 people were killed and 100 injured Saturday when two explosive-laden cars blew up in a small Turkish town near the Syrian border, as Ankara swiftly pointed the finger at Syria.
In the wake of the bombing, the deadliest attack in Turkey since the beginning of the conflict in neighboring Syria, Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler revealed to national TRT television that the people and the organization who carried out this attack have been identified.Full Story