Aoun accuses Israel of continuous violations of Lebanon airspace

Lebanese President Michel Aoun Monday said that Lebanon is keen on preserving its security and stability facing terrorism, Lebanon’s presidency website reported. “We should always be alert to protect our security and stability,” said Aoun, adding that Britain has been a great support for Lebanon in its war against terrorism and silent terrorist cell. Aoun’s […]

Hezbollah continues to block formation of new cabinet

Negotiations over formation of  a new cabinet have ground to a halt as a dispute over the representation of pro-Hezbollah Sunni MPs continues to grow according to  Sunday media reports . “The setback that stopped the formation drive does not seem to be on the verge of any solution in the near future, at least not before the return of […]

Saudi envoy thanks Lebanese officials for condemning Ayyoub’s article

Saudi Charge d’Affaires in Lebanon  on Friday hailed Lebanese officials, journalists, opinion leaders and citizens for condemning an editorial in ad-Diyar newspaper that carried insults against him and against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Lebanese people “are the people of the kingdom and its friends,” Walid Bukhari told a delegation comprising civil society groups, […]

Aoun backs Hariri as ‘strongest Lebanese Sunni leader’

BEIRUT: Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri remains the strongest Sunni leader despite a decline in his political power, according to Lebanese President Michel Aoun. “The prime minister, whether it is Hariri or anyone else, must be strong and should not be weakened,” Aoun said. Aoun’s comments came two days after differences emerged blocking a deal over […]

Aoun signals differences with Hezbollah, over Lebanon government row says it is ‘not easy’

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday the differences blocking a deal over a new national unity government were “not easy” and signaled he was at odds with his ally Hezbollah over the last outstanding issue. Five months since an election, prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri has been unable to clinch a deal on the new […]

Hezbollah throws another monkey wrench into Lebanese government formation process

Lebanon’s Hezbollah pressed a demand for one of its Sunni allies to be given a post in a new government on Tuesday as politicians sought a compromise to a standoff pitting the Iranian-backed group against prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri. Hariri, Lebanon’s main Sunni Muslim politician, is trying to clinch a deal on a national unity […]

Hariri to present Lebanon unity cabinet to Aoun in 48 hours, report

Lebanon Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is expected  to meet with President Michel Aoun in the coming 48 hours to present him with the Cabinet lineup, Lebanese media reported on Sunday. “Prime Minister Hariri is waiting for a final answer from the Lebanese Forces to his latest Cabinet offer before he meets with President Aoun either Monday or Tuesday […]

Sessions named 5 groups, including Hezbollah as the top organized-crime threats to the US

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced a new task force focusing on transnational organized crime, furthering a crackdown on crime that he said had been a Trump administration priority since Day 1. “The same day I was sworn in as attorney general, President Trump ordered me to disrupt and dismantle these groups,” Sessions said […]

Lebanon leaders expected to announce shortly the government formation decree

A  meeting between President Michel Aoun, PM-designate Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri is expected in the coming days to announce the government formation decrees, after  the progress  that was made in recent days amid concessions from several parties, al-Joumhouria newspaper  reported on Friday. Sources following up on the formation process told the daily “ The […]

Israeli warplanes violate again Lebanon’s airspace

Israeli warplanes on Thursday violated Lebanon’s airspace above Chouf District in the western province of Mount Lebanon, National News Agency (NNA) reported. Warplanes were also heard above Zahrani in South Lebanon Province at a medium altitude, NNA said. Israeli warplanes have kept violating Lebanon’s airspace in the past few months, prompting Lebanese President Michel Aoun […]