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 […]

Hariri meets French FM in Riyadh

Resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met the French foreign minister   Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh Thursday. Le Drian  was the most senior Western official he has met publicly since his shock resignation announcement earlier this month. The meeting came after  Hariri  accepted an invitation to visit France for talks with President Emmanuel Macron. Asked […]

Bassil Tells Saudi Arabia: We are not Hezbollah and your problem is with Iran not Lebanon

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil stressed on  Wednesday that Saudi Arabia should not act against entire Lebanon if it has a problem with Hezbollah or Iran. “Our PM  is not Hezbollah and I’m not Hezbollah, and if Saudi Arabia has a problem with Iran, let it resolve it with Iran, not with Lebanon and the Lebanese,” […]

Iran’s Rouhani, repeats Hezbollah’s accusations against Saudi Arabia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday repeated the accusations that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made against  Saudi arabia   , his country’s main regional rival, saying the kingdom pressured Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign in a “rare” intervention in another nation’s affairs. Rouhani also repeated Nasrallah’s accusation that  Saudi Arabia is “begging” Israel to bomb Lebanon, he […]

Macron invites Hariri and family to Paris. Expected to head to Lebanon after Paris visit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will come to France “in the coming days,” a source at the French presidency told the AFP news agency on Wednesday. The development came after the presidency said in a statement that President Emmanuel Macron had “invited” Hariri and his family to France. The statement said the invitation came after Macron […]

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 […]