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Sayyed: I Presented a Favor to the Egyptian Embassy in Order for it to Objectively Tackle the Situation

The press office of former General Security chief Major General Jamil al-Sayyed responded on Tuesday to the statement issued by the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon in which he justified his recent statement by saying that he "presented the embassy and its diplomats a favor to objectively tackle the situation."

Sayyed's statement said that the diplomatic official at the embassy is fully responsible for the security of its diplomats "due to the irresponsible positions he is presenting before his Lebanese visitors."

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Hashish Smuggling Attempt between Lebanon, Netherlands Thwarted

The Anti-Drug Bureau on Wednesday announced it had foiled an attempt to smuggle 65.7 kilograms of hashish from Lebanon to the Netherlands.

A police statement said the shipment was packed in the form of chips inside a secret hiding in the trunk of a silver Kia with a European plate.

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Suleiman Condemns Plan by U.S. Group to Burn Quran, Extends Greetings to Lebanese

President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned plans by a small church in the U.S. state of Florida to burn copies of the Quran to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Such a move "would totally contradict with the logic of dialogue of civilizations, religions and culture," Suleiman said in a statement.

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Sami Gemayel: Phalange Not Ashamed of Its Past

MP Sami Gemayel said Wednesday that the Phalange was not ashamed of its past despite accusations that the party was proud of its collaboration with Israel during the civil war.

"They say we are proud of our collaboration with Israel," Gemayel said about his critics during a press conference. "Maybe they are used to collaborating with people who gave up their past in favor of their own interests."

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Geagea Snaps Back at Aoun: He Should Reform Himself First Before Attacking Others

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea attacked Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun on Wednesday and called his Change and Reform Bloc in parliament the "ruined bloc."

"The biggest threat to the state is that it can't make any defense strategy decision as far as military, or security operations are concerned," Geagea told a delegation from Baskinta in response to Aoun's accusations of violations that allegedly threaten the state.

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Baabda Sources: No Mediation between Suleiman, Aoun

There are no mediation efforts between President Michel Suleiman and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun who has created controversy after verbally attacking the head of state and several cabinet ministers, Baabda sources told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.

The sources called for calm before any steps to reconcile the two officials.

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Marouni: Aoun Plays a Central Role in Plan to Prevent Establishment of a Strong State

Phalange Party bloc MP Elie Marouni stated Wednesday that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is a central player in the plan to prevent the establishment of a strong state.

He told Asharq al-Awsat daily that the MP is charged with creating strife among the Christians in Lebanon, saying that his recent attack against President Michel Suleiman is unjustified.

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Saqr: Syria Will Make an Apology after the Announcement of the Indictment

MP Oqab Saqr noted Wednesday that whenever attempts are made to improve ties with Syria, there are some sides that try to thwart these efforts.

He told LBC that once the relationship between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad improved, the premier apologized for mistakes made against Syria after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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U.N.: Up to Bellemare to Decide How to Proceed with Tribunal Work

The United Nations stressed Tuesday that it was committed to the decisions that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon would make and expressed trust in Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare.

"It's up to the tribunal to determine how its work proceeds and we expect that any development on the ground, if they have any impact, would be assessed by the tribunal accordingly," said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Hariri in Mecca to Perform Omra, Extends Greetings to Lebanese

Prime Minister Saad Hariri traveled to Mecca on Tuesday to perform the Omra and spend the Eid al-Fitr holidays with his family.

On Wednesday, Hariri extended greetings to the Lebanese on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr and expressed regret for not welcoming well-wishers for being in Mecca.

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