Hezbollah allies in Lebanon criticize its labeling as a terrorist group by the Arab League

Speaker Nabih Berri, an ally of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group criticized indirectly on Monday the Arab League’s closing statement that named Hezbollah a “terrorist” organization. “Thanks and sorry…Thank God and sorry that we in Lebanon have fought the Israelis,” said Berri in a post on his Facebook page. Berri did not make further […]

New Saudi ambassador to Lebanon arrived in Beirut

Walid al-Yaaqoub, the new Saudi Arabian ambassador to Lebanon arrived Monday in Beirut and was welcomed at the Rafik Hariri International Airport by acting protocol director at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry Assaf Doumit and the ambassadors of Kuwait, the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Algeria and Sudan, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported. Saudi […]

Arab League states condemn Hezbollah as ‘terrorist organization’

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran’s growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the Arab League to condemn Iran’s Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, as a “terrorist organization.” Arab foreign ministers gathered at the League’s headquarters in Cairo Sunday for an emergency meeting called by Saudi […]

Hariri to visit Egypt Tuesday on his way to Lebanon to attend independence day

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Hariri’s office said on Sunday. Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he […]

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies accuse Iran and Hezbollah of interference

Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi‘ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, warning they would not stand by in the face of Iranian interference in Arab affairs. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Islamist Iran over […]

Pope prays for Lebanon’s security and its message of respect and coexistence

During the Sunday  mass  at the Vatican  Pope Francis prayed for the stability of Lebanon ,  National News Agency reported. As many as 6,000 people attended the mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, during which Francis renewed his appeal for peace to prevail, especially in the Middle East. “My dear brothers and sisters, I would […]

Lebanese FM may skip Arab League meeting to avoid confrontation over Iran/Hezbollah role

Lebanon’s foreign minister may not attend an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday and a final decision will be taken in the morning, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday. The official said Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wanted to avoid an anticipated confrontation at the meeting with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies […]

Hariri will be in Lebanon for Independence day

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Saturday he would return to Beirut in the coming days and indicate his position on the current crisis after meeting President Michel Aoun. Hariri made his announcement during a visit to Paris. Speaking to reporters in Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, Hariri said he planned to […]

Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation over Lebanon comments

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Germany for consultation over comments made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said in a statement that Saudi Arabia would deliver a protest note to Germany’s ambassador in Riyadh.  Gabriel  expressed […]