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 […]

Hariri tweets as he leaves to France “to say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia is a lie”

By Laila Bassam, Lisa Barrington BEIRUT – Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted, on his way to the airport   before his flight from Riyadh to France : “ To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and […]

Lebanese expats urged to register to vote in 2018 election before Nov 20 deadline

Lebanese expatriates are being urged by various organizations  to register to vote in the country’s general election, slated for next year before the November 20th deadline Lebanese legislators ratified a new parliamentary election law in June that will allow Lebanese in the Lebanese Diaspora to vote from their countries of residence instead of having to travel […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has matured into Iran’s most useful “tool”

Lebanon’s Hezbollah , blamed by Saad Hariri for his shock resignation as premier, has grown over the three decades since its founding into a mighty army used by Iran to project regional influence. Hariri criticized the powerful Shiite movement for alleged meddling across the Middle East during a televised interview from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, […]

Hariri heads to France on Friday, won’t return directly to Lebanon after visit

Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, will leave Riyadh for France on Friday, a member of his party said, but will not return directly to Beirut after the visit. “Today to Paris, this afternoon, and tomorrow a family meeting with […]