Lebanon

Lebanon PM: US sanctions won’t affect government

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions targeting Hezbollah MPs moved in a “new direction” from existing measures, but would not affect government work. The sanctions against two Hezbollah MPs and one of the Shi’ite Muslim movement’s top security officials widen a U.S. campaign that Washington says has designated 50 Hezbollah-linked individuals and ...

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Lebanese president regrets US sanctions on Hezbollah lawmakers

Lebanon regrets the US imposition of sanctions on two Hezbollah members in the Lebanese parliament and will pursue the matter with American authorities, President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday. The United States announced new sanctions against the two lawmakers from the Hezbollah movement on Tuesday, as well as on one of the group’s top security officials, drawing expressions of concern from Lebanese ...

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Lebanon’s President Receives House Speaker at Baabda Palace

The Lebanese President Micel Aoun received Monday House Speaker Nabih Berri at Baabda palace, discussing with him the latest developments. Media reports mentioned that Berri is keen on finding a solution for the matter and that besides his meeting with Aoun, he has been convening with other officials and political parties at his residence in Ain Al-Tineh for the same ...

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Lebanon’s lost allure in the Gulf

Whenever Lebanon was teetering on the financial brink in the 1990s, the country’s then prime minister, the late Rafic Hariri, boarded his private Boeing twin-aisle aircraft and flew to Riyadh. The kingdom would arrange emergency help that staved off the economic pressures, until the next crisis loomed. Lebanon’s already large public debt has multiplied many times since then, and Hariri’s ...

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Economic interests supersede identity politics in Israel-Lebanon maritime border negotiations

(July 8, 2019 / JNS) Despite reports of difficulty bringing Israel and Lebanon together for maritime negotiations, Eastern Mediterranean policy experts and fellows at the Mitvim Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, Gabriel Mitchell and Ambassador (ret.) Michael Harari, believe that negotiations would be significantly beneficial for both parties. It was reported last week that Israel and Lebanon were on the verge of launching direct talks, ...

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Why Lebanon is against Kushner’s deal of the century

The White House released on June 22 the first half of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the so-called deal of the century, which President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and other members of the administration had reportedly been working on since November 2017. Of the $50 billion in the economic portion of the plan, the lion’s share would be invested in the Palestinian ...

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Campaign Continues in Lebanon to Remove Illegal Electricity Connections

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani on Saturday said the ministry is completing its campaign to remove all encroachments on the power grid that continues in Baalbek on Saturday. “It is an ongoing campaign that will cover Lebanon entirely. There are no restricted areas,” she said. Bustani was asked about a decision taken by the Cabinet to also remove encroachments in the ...

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Lebanon’s Aoun affirms post-war settlement before funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president on Friday reaffirmed the reconciliation among Lebanese after the 1975-90 civil war, before the funeral of a cabinet minister’s aide killed last week as political tensions flared. “Reconciliation in the mountains is fixed and we do not want Lebanon to become a country of cantons,” President Michel Aoun tweeted. Two aides to Refugee Affairs Minister ...

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Destruction of Syrian refugees’ shelters in Lebanon condemned

A human rights group has condemned Lebanon’s order for Syrian refugees to demolish their hard shelters as tantamount to “illegitimate pressure” on them to return to their war-torn country. Lebanon, a country of some four million people, says it hosts at least 1.5 million Syrians on its soil after they fled the long-running war in neighbouring Syria, many living in informal settlements in the ...

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