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 […]

No Stability in Lebanon Unless Hezbollah Disarms, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that there will be no stability in Lebanon unless the militant group Hezbollah disarms. “This is what we hope,” Adel al-Jubeir said at a press conference in Madrid with his Spanish counterpart. It was the second day in a row that the Saudi minister railed against Hezbollah. On […]

Can France’s Macron bring Lebanon back from the brink?

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying on a new mantle: Mideast peacemaker. He’s trying to defuse Lebanon’s political crisis and preserve regional stability by leveraging France’s trade relations with rival players in the region and historical ties to its former protectorate. It’s a risky gambit, but Macron may be better placed than anyone right now […]

Hariri’s Paris meeting to boost Lebanon stability – top aide

Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4, will see France’s president on Saturday in Paris and the meeting will help resolve the Lebanese crisis and boost stability, a senior Hariri aide said. Hariri quit as prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, saying he feared assassination and […]

Elias Bou Saab defends Aoun’s stance with regards to Saudi Arabia, calls it a “cry for help”

Lebanon’s former Minister of Education and current Presidential Adviser for International Cooperation Elias Bou Saab  tried to defend  President Michel Aoun’s position with regards to Saudi Arabia  on Thursday  by claiming that that the president’s   accusations that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri in “detention,” were not intended to escalate rhetoric […]

Aoun says Lebanon committed to dissociation policy

President Michel Aoun stressed Lebanon’s commitment to the dissociation policy and said that he was waiting for Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return from France to decide on the next steps. This comes after Aoun, a key allty of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group  accused Saudi Arabia of detaining the premier following his shock […]