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Jumblat: Mutual Understanding is Needed

Druze leader Walid Jumblat said a mutual understanding is needed among the various political leaders.

"Reaching understandings is our main concern," Jumblat said in remarks published Tuesday by the daily As-Safir.

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Sfeir Concerned by Challenges that Weaken Lebanon Position

Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir on Monday was quoted as saying that Israeli leaks about the indictment to be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon suggested that the Court was being politicized.

President of the General Maronite Council, former Cabinet Minister Wadih Khazen, said after meeting Sfeir that the Patriarch also expressed concerns over the "challenges that weaken the Lebanese position at these critical conditions."

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Aoun Holds Talks with Assad on Lebanese Developments, Efforts to End Tension

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun held talks on Saturday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Lebanese developments and efforts aimed at ending the tensions between the various Lebanese sides, reported the Syrian News Agency, SANA.

The efforts are aimed at guaranteeing Lebanon's stability and security and bolster understanding between the Lebanese, it reported.

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Saqr: Saudi-Syrian Safety Net is Aimed at Preventing Internal Explosion

MP Oqab Saqr stressed on Saturday that the Saudi-Syrian safety net is aimed at preventing an explosion on the internal Lebanese scene, but it is not aimed at addressing every single statement that is issued.

"We believe that this net serves Lebanon's interest first and foremost, which lifts a great burden off the Lebanese's shoulders," he told the daily Asharq al-Awsat.

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Geagea to Launch Important Initiative towards Aoun's Supporters during LF Festival

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is expected to launch a "significant" initiative towards supporters of Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, prominent LF sources told the daily An Nahar Saturday.

Geagea is expected to make his stand during the Lebanese Forces festival honoring its martyrs scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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Karam Admitted to Hospital, Security Forces Says No Cause for Concern

Alleged Israeli spy Fayez Karam was admitted to Hotel Dieu Hospital on Thursday morning for routine tests that will last 24 hours.

The Internal Security Forces general directorate issued a statement saying that he is in stable condition and there is no cause for concern.

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Sami Gemayel: The State is Not Being Objective in Applying the Law

Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel noted on Thursday that the state is not being objective in applying the law as demonstrated in the developments at the Rafik Hariri International Airport on Saturday.

He asked: "In what right do some individuals allow themselves to enter the airport grounds with armed convoys?"

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Sayyed: Wissam al-Hasan Was Supposed to be in Hariri's Car on Assassination Day

Brig. Gen. Jamil Sayyed uncovered that police intelligence chief Col. Wissam al-Hasan was supposed to be in former-PM Rafik Hariri's car on the day of the assassination Feb. 14, 2005.

Hasan "excused himself by saying that he has an exam, only to call asking to visit him (Hariri)," Sayyed told OTV.

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Jumblat: Controlling the Situation is Nasrallah's, Hariri's Responsibility

Druze leader Walid Jumblat said committing to calm media rhetoric was essential for the fight against issues like the false witnesses and indictments to be issued by the International Tribunal possibly against Hizbullah members.

"It is important to adhere to a calm rhetoric as a gateway to engage into political debate in a calm atmosphere on how to organize a joint confrontation to the issues of false witnesses and the indictment," Jumblat said in remarks published Thursday by As-Safir newspaper.

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U.S. Will Continue to Supply Lebanese Army

The U.S. administration wants lawmakers to restore millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to the Lebanese army that they suspended over concerns it could be used to target Israel, senior administration and congressional officials told The Associated Press.

They said a review of the assistance has concluded its resumption was in the interest of America's national security and Middle East stability.

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