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Arslan Hits Back at Suleiman: Cabinet Not Only of Concern to Him, But Rather to All Lebanese

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Sunday hit back at President Michel Suleiman over his stance on the cabinet formation process, stressing that the issue does not only concern the president but rather all Lebanese.

“I don't understand the president's insistence on pushing the country to a risky venture, as it is very dangerous to hand the reins of the critical situations in Lebanon to a government that doesn't enjoy the parliament's confidence and that doesn't represent the legislature, regardless of its composition,” Arslan said before popular delegations that visited him at his residence.

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Arslan Warns of Violating Coexistence in Any Cabinet Lineup

Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan warned on Saturday of attempts to lineup a cabinet that violates coexistence, urging the political foes to deal rationally with the formation process to achieve the country's higher interest.

“Everyone of us is trying to build a state that better suits his needs, ignoring others and the necessary balance in the country's political life,” Arslan said in a statement.

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Suleiman Offers Condolences at Iranian Embassy

President Michel Suleiman offered on Thursday his condolences at the Iranian embassy over the victims of the twin suicide bombings that targeted the mission a few days earlier.

A myriad of officials, politicians and diplomats have been converging on the mission in the past two days.

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Arslan Denies Delivering Letter to Assad on Behalf of Jumblat

Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan denied on Monday that he allegedly delivered a letter to Syrian President Bashar Assad on behalf of Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat or vise-versa.

“The report is a rumor and false,” Arslan said, according to the state-run National News Agency.

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Arslan, Marada Laud Berri's Initiative, Tashnag Calls for Dialogue without Preconditions

The Tashnag party announced on Wednesday its support for dialogue among the country's rival leaders without any preconditions, lauding an initiative launched by Speaker Nabih Berri.

Berri's roadmap is “positive like any other dialogue initiative” launched by him, Tashnag MP Hagop Pakradounian said after members of the speaker's parliamentary bloc visited the Tashnag headquarters.

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Arslan Says 'Same Attackers' behind Tripoli, Dahieh Explosions

Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan condemned on Saturday the deadly explosions that rocked the northern city of Tripoli, stating that the “same attackers' are behind the latest bombings in the country.

“The blast in the (Beirut's southern suburb of) Rweiss and the bombings in Tripoli were orchestrated by the same party,” Arslan said phone calls he made with caretaker premier Najib Miqati and ex-Prime Minister Omar Karami.

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Jumblat Discusses Qahwaji's Term with Arslan, Franjieh

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat agreed with Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh on the importance of extending the mandate Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji in the first such contact between the foes.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Wednesday, a dinner banquet gathered two days ago Jumblat and Arslan.

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Arslan Says Accusing Hizbullah of Inciting Sedition Is 'Unjust'

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan considered on Tuesday that accusing Hizbullah of of inciting sedition in Lebanon “is unjust and an infringement on the martyrs' blood.”

"Accusing Hizbullah's resistance of inciting strife in the country is unfair and an infringement on every honorable countryman and on the blood shed by the martyrs,” Arslan said in a statement.

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Lebanese Leaders Say Dahiyeh Attack a 'Dangerous Development' Aimed at Undermining Stability

Head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc, former premier Fouad Saniora, on Sunday condemned “the criminal rocket attack that targeted neighborhoods in Beirut's southern suburbs,” describing it as a “dangerous development” and urging a “quick probe to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

"Those who committed this act are criminals who must be punished because sabotaging security and attacking innocent people is a service for Lebanon's enemies," Saniora said from Jordan, where he is taking part in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.

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Arslan Backs Jumblat's Proposal to Extend Parliament's Mandate over Tense Situation

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan announced on Saturday his support for Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat's proposal to extend the parliament's term to avoid a deteriorating security situation.

“I support the proposal of MP Walid Jumblat to extend the legislature's mandate,” said Arslan from Ain el-Tineh following talks with Speaker Nabih Berri.

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