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Feltman to Discuss Lebanon, Syria, Egypt in Iran

The political affairs chief of the United Nations Jeffrey Feltman is to visit Iran on Monday to discuss the war in Syria and unrest in Egypt and Lebanon, a report said.

Feltman is to hold talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mehr news agency reported.

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U.N.'s Feltman to Go to Cairo

A senior U.N. official will visit Cairo next week to discuss the violent political crisis unfolding in Egypt, the United Nations said Friday.

U.N. under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman hopes to meet with Egyptian authorities.

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U.N. Warns of Syrian War Spillover in Lebanon as U.S. Slams Hizbullah

U.N. Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has warned that the spillover of Syria's war continues to be felt in Lebanon as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Susan Rice slammed Hizbullah for undermining the country's dissociation policy.

“The spillover of the conflict in Syria continues to be felt in Lebanon,” Feltman told the U.N. Security Council during an open debate on the Middle East Wednesday.

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Feltman Worried Syrian War Would Pull Lebanon to its 'Vortex,' Calls for Consensus on Vote Law

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has warned that Syria's war would pull Lebanon into its “vortex” and encouraged Lebanese officials to ensure that the parliamentary elections take place on a consensual basis.

"Even tentative steps to dialogue are struggling to take root. The destructive military spiral churns more forcefully each day and threatens to pull its neighbors, most notably and worrisomely Lebanon, into its vortex," Feltman told the U.N. Security Council about the fighting between the troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels seeking to topple him.

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U.N. Warns Lebanon 'at Risk' over Syria Involvement

The United Nations warned Lebanon on Wednesday that the alleged Lebanese fighting in Syria's civil war put the country increasingly at risk of being dragged into the conflict.

The U.N. Security Council meanwhile expressed concern over Syrian army operations in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone with Israel and said that also threatens to extend the 21-month old civil war.

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Report: Metri to be Appointed U.N. Special Envoy to Libya

Libya agreed on a decision taken by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to appoint Lebanon's ex-Information Minister Tarek Metri as U.N. special envoy to Tripoli and head of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Metri will succeed British Ian Martin as head of UNSMIL, whose tenure will end on October 14, a Libyan diplomat told An Nahar newspaper on Thursday.

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Libyan Guards Killed in U.S. Consulate Attack

Libyan security guards were killed and wounded trying to defend U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens during the attack in Benghazi in which the U.S. diplomat died, a Libyan U.N. envoy said Wednesday.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy U.N. ambassador, told reporters that up to 10 Libyan security personnel were casualties of the attack on Tuesday. "Some of them have been killed at the start of the attack," he said.

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Jumblat Says March 8 to Increase 'Valium' Intake over Feltman-Khamenei Meeting

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat mocked March 8 majority leaders for needing anti-depressant pills after U.N. Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“What was the impact of Sayyed Khamenei’s meeting of Feltman on some March 8 members?” Jumblat wondered in remarks published in An Nahar daily on Friday.

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U.N. Names U.S. Diplomat Feltman as New Political Chief

U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday named Jeffrey Feltman, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, as his new political affairs chief.

Feltman has just stood down as U.S. assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs. In his new position he will help form U.N. policy and mediation efforts on the Middle East peace process and other conflicts.

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Report: Jumblat Will Ally with March 14 in Upcoming Elections

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat will enter in an alliance with the March 14 forces in the upcoming 2013 elections, As Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Sources told the daily that Jumblat’s meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman during his latest visit to Beirut focused on the upcoming 2013 polls.

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