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 […]

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 […]