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Bassil Meets Arslan after Hayek's 'Druze Martyrs' Remarks

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil held talks Monday at the Foreign Ministry with Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan.

The meeting comes after Arslan was dismayed by remarks deemed insulting to the “Druze martyrs” of the civil war which have been voiced by senior FPM official Naji Hayek.

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Arslan Condemns Choueifat Incident, Says Priority for Civil Peace

Minister of the Displaced Talal Arslan condemned on Monday a dispute that erupted between supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party and Hizbullah over raising party flags in the Choueifat area and stressed that his party adheres to civil peace.

Lebanese Democratic Party leader, Arslan stressed that “all political parties have condemned the incident,” assuring that political “cover will not be provided for anyone who plans to involve the Mountain area in sedition.”

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Arslan Warns against Undermining Druze Share in Cabinet

Head of the Lebanese Democratic Party MP Talal Arslan warned on Thursday against any attempts to undermine the Druze community's share in the upcoming cabinet line-up.

“We will not accept any disrespect with regard to the portfolio to be allotted to the Druze,” said Arsalan on Twitter.

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Arslan Warns: We Will be Watching Each Stone Thrown in Costa Brava

MP Talal Arslan stated on Sunday that the landfill plan to solve the months long trash management crisis will “explode” in the face of the government, stressing that opening the Costa Brava landfill does not mean that it will be used “randomly.”

“The government plan to open landfills will explode in its face. The state cannot act randomly in using the Costa Brava landfill because we will be watching each stone that will be thrown there,” said Arslan in a press conference.

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Shehayyeb Speaks of 'Progress' in Trash File as Arslan to Voice his Concerns at Tuesday's Dialogue

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb revealed that progress was made in recent days over resolving the trash disposal crisis, justifying the decision to set up a landfill in the Khaldeh region, reported As Safir newspaper on Monday.

He told the daily: “Some complications remain and some clarifications need to be made over the problem and they should be overcome today.”

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Jumblat Seeks to Contain Possible Tension after Balous' Killing

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat sought on Thursday to limit any possible tension that could emerge over the killing of Sheikh Wahid al-Balous, a prominent Druze cleric in Syria.

“This is not an opportunity to challenge anyone. We respect all viewpoints,” said Jumblat at the memorial service of al-Balous held at the Druze Community House in Beirut's Verdun district.

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Change and Reform Concludes Presidential Initiative Tour

Change and Reform lawmakers finished Friday a tour the bloc kicked off earlier this week to garner support for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's initiative to end the lingering presidential crisis.

“The Christian voice isn't being heard... despite its importance” to end the presidential crisis, MP Simon Abi Ramia said after talks with Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan at his residence.

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Clemenceau Talks Fail to Stop Planned Protest as Naameh Landfill Campaign Urges Mashnouq to Resign

A meeting held at MP Walid Jumblat's residence in Clemenceau failed Wednesday to convince activists to call off planned protests aimed at securing the closure of the controversial Naameh landfill on January 17, as organizers called on Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq to step down.

During a rally for the Campaign for the Closure of the Naameh Landfill, a spokesman called on al-Mashnouq to “resign immediately after his failure to find an alternative solution for the landfill,” urging “a popular rally at the landfill's entrance on January 17.”

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Alleged Bid to Assassinate Berri Aims at Inciting Sunni-Shiite Strife

The alleged plot to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri aims at destabilizing the country and inciting a Sunni-Shiite strife, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

AMAL Movement, Development and Liberation bloc, MP Ali Khreis told the daily that Berri's assassination bid aims at causing chaos in Lebanon and creating a Sunni-Shiite strife.

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Report: Arslan Urged to Take Precautions over Alleged Assassination Attempt

The head of the Lebanese Democratic Party, MP Talal Arslan, was urged to boost security measures after security agencies obtained information that he might be the target of an assassination bid.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper published on Wednesday, Arslan was advised to take extra precautions and increase his security measures.

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