Lebanon today: Saturday May 18 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today:

Lebanon's once influential former Christian Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir died on May 12, 2019 three days before his 99th birthday AFP/File
Lebanon’s once influential former Christian Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir died on May 12, 2019 three days before his 99th birthday AFP/File

Lebanon can rely on France’s constant support, says Macron  as he mourned Sfeir’s loss

Funeral of Patriarch Sfeir
Funeral of Patriarch Sfeir

French President Emmanuel Macron mourned the loss of “a precious friend” to France with the passing of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Lebanon’s presidential palace reported Friday. “I remain confident that … the legacy he left will continue to inspire the Lebanese people, especially in facing the challenges, and Lebanon can rely on France’s constant support,” he added. “Your country loses an [important figure] … who was a defendant of the Lebanese model that is based on plurality, tolerance and coexistence,” Macron wrote in his  letter to president Aoun

 

 

 

 

Ali KouraniLebanese American convicted in US court over planning attacks on  Hezbollah’s behalf

A United States federal court convicted a Lebanese-American man Thursday on charges of plotting attacks and gathering intelligence on behalf of Hezbollah.

Thirty-four-year-old Ali Kourani, from Bint Jbeil’s Yater, was convicted on eight charges, including terrorism and conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime, which is punishable by life in prison.

“Kourani’s chilling mission was to help procure weapons and gather intelligence about potential targets in the U.S. for future Hezbollah terrorist attacks,” U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.