Lebanon PM’s brother backs resignation, blasts Iran and Hezbollah

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s older brother has broken his silence over the premier’s mysterious resignation, saying he supports his brother’s decision. In his first public statement, Bahaa Hariri blasted Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. The statement from Bahaa Hariri’s office was sent to The Associated Press Wednesday. In it, the elder Hariri accuses Hezbollah […]

French foreign minister to meet Hariri as Lebanon crisis escalates

Lebanon’s president accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of detaining the Lebanese prime minister, in an escalation of the crisis that followed Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation from the kingdom almost two weeks ago. In comments published on the official Twitter account of the president, Michel Aoun said nothing justifies that Hariri has not returned home so […]

Future Movement slams Syria’s Assad over remarks about Hariri

The Future Movement slammed  Syrian President Bashar Assad over the accusations he made   against Prime Minister Saad Hariri, urging him to “ quit sticking his nose in Lebanon’s internal  affairs.” “With regards to the  remarks  that were attributed to the criminal terrorist regime of Bashar Assad accusing PM Hariri of not being the master of himself, Assad should be  the last creature […]

Despite Denials, Aoun continues to accuse Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

Lebanon’s president on Wednesday  accused Saudi Arabia of holding hostage resigned prime minister Saad al-Hariri along with his family – the first time he has explicitly said he was being held – and called this an act of aggression. “We will not accept him remaining a hostage whose reason for detention we do not know,” […]

Cardinal Rai: “Nothing can affect the Lebanese-Saudi relations”

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, concluded a historic visit to Saudi Arabia Nov. 14, the first such visit of a cardinal or Maronite patriarch to the Muslim kingdom that bans the practice of other religions. The visit came amid turmoil in the Middle East and a new crisis in Lebanon following […]

Lebanon’s patriarch becomes first-ever Catholic cardinal to visit Saudi Arabia

By Jason Lemon, Managing Editor Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch has arrived in Saudi Arabia, in a historic first that symbolizes a growing push for religious coexistence in the Middle East. Patriarch Bechara al-Rai is the first Catholic cardinal to ever visit the kingdom, and only the second Christian patriarch to do so. The last visit by […]

Lebanese patriarch, in Saudi, says supports reasons Hariri quit

Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch, visiting Saudi Arabia in an historic visit to the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, expressed support on Tuesday for the reasons behind Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation. Hariri, a Saudi ally, resigned abruptly on Nov. 4 in a move Lebanese political leaders ascribed to pressure from Riyadh. Hariri said his resignation had […]

Hariri says to return to Lebanon in next two days: Twitter

Saad al-Hariri, Lebanon’s prime minister who resigned from his post on Nov. 4, said on Monday he was fine and would return to Lebanon in the next two days. Writing on Twitter, Hariri urged Lebanese to remain calm and said his family would stay in Saudi Arabia, calling it “their country”. Hariri’s resignation while in […]

Lebanese patriarch gets the red carpet welcome in historic visit to Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch  arrived to a red-carpet welcome in the Saudi capital on Monday  , with his historic visit to the kingdom under even greater scrutiny amid serious political tensions between the countries. Patriarch Beshara al-Rai heads the Maronite church, which has a presence in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus and follows an Eastern rite […]

Trump picks a Lebanese-American to lead HHS department

President Donald Trump has tapped Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and official in the George W. Bush administration, to be the next health and human services secretary, the president announced in a tweet on Monday. Azar, 50, was the president of Lilly USA, the biggest affiliate of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and […]