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Iran acting FM slams US-proposed Gaza ceasefire deal in Lebanon visit

Iran's acting foreign minister dismissed a Gaza cease-fire deal proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden and warned Israel against launching an all-out war on Lebanon during a visit to Beirut Monday, his first official diplomatic visit since his predecessor died last month.

Ali Bagheri Kani replaced Hossein Amirabdollahian, a hard-liner close to the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, who died in a helicopter crash on May 19 in a mountainous area near Iran's border with Azerbaijan, along with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and a delegation of other officials.

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Plasschaert says Blue Line developments of particular concern as she begins Lebanon mission

The newly-appointed U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert held her first meeting in Lebanon on Monday.

“It is a great privilege to have arrived in Beirut in my new capacity as U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon. I am extremely honored to have met with His Excellency, caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, to mark the beginning of my first round of consultations with Lebanese officials,” she said after the meeting.

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Geagea says Hezbollah-led camp is 'partitioning' country, not LF

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has “dropped his mask” and “let no one dream of reaching a moment when Lebanon would have a supreme guide,” Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has said.

“Which Lebanese constitution article stipulates that prior to every presidential election, the parliament speaker would call for a dialogue table attended by the blocs to consult over the presidential vote? Today Berri has dropped his mask,” Geagea said in an interview with the al-Markazia news agency.

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LF begins Doha visit, PSP to launch presidential consultations

A Lebanese Forces delegation started yesterday a visit to Qatar that will last until Thursday, the pro-LF Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported on Monday.

The delegation will represent LF leader Samir Geagea in meetings with top Qatari officials, comprising MPs Pierre Bou Assi and Melhem Riachi and LF executive committee member Joseph Jbeili.

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Raad: Dialogue is a norm and a norm is stronger than the constitution

Speaker Nabih Berri has been calling for dialogue over the presidential vote “as has been the norm,” and a norm in Lebanon is “stronger the constitution,” Hezbollah’s top MP Mohammad Raad has said.

“Michel Suleiman was elected after a dialogue session and Michel Aoun was elected after a dialogue session,” Raad added.

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'Still living in Halat era': Berri accuses Geagea of seeking federalism

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said he was flexible and responsive to the Quintet's requests as he was asked to replace a presidential "dialogue" initiative with "consultations."

"Consultations, communication, meeting, and talks are all synonyms for dialogue," Berri told French special envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian and the five ambassadors of Qatar, France, Egypt, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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Israeli minister calls for ousting Hezbollah, residents from border area

Israeli Education Minister Haim Biton has said that "a military campaign must be launched in the north to oust Hezbollah and the residents of southern Lebanon beyond the Litani River."

He added: "I believe that this goal can be achieved because the situation in Gaza does not require the presence of three army divisions."

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Iran's acting foreign minister begins visit to Lebanon

Iran’s acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani began an official visit to Lebanon on Monday by meeting with caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib. He later met with Speaker Nabih Berri and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Bagheri Kani replaced the late foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who died last month in a helicopter crash in Iran along with president Ebrahim Raisi and other passengers.

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Israel strikes deeper in south, targets al-Rihan, car in Kawthariyat al-Rez

Israeli drones targeted Monday a car in the Sidon District town of Kawthariyat al-Rez and a motorbike in al-Naqoura, while warplanes raided the outskirts of Hanine in the Bint Jbeil District and the Rihan mountain in the Jezzine District deeper in the south.

The National News Agency said a person was killed and another was injured in the Naqoura strike.

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Two Lebanese shepherds killed in Houla amid ongoing escalation

Two Lebanese shepherds were killed in an Israeli strike that hit their house in the town of Houla near the Lebanon-Israel border on Sunday, state media reported.

Lebanon's National News agency said the men were civilians who used to sell sheep milk to neighboring villages.

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