Lebanon

SATTERFIELD AGAIN TRYING TO LAUNCH ISRAEL-LEBANON MARITIME BORDER TALKS

Acting US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield held high level talks in Beirut on Tuesday in an effort to launch negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over demarcation of the maritime border between the two countries. Satterfield, who on Friday won Senate confirmation as Washington’s ambassador to Turkey, met with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and ...

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Lebanon PM postpones cabinet meeting after shooting

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri decided on Monday to postpone a cabinet meeting for 48 hours to allow tensions to ease after two aides of a government minister were killed in a shooting on Sunday. In televised comments, Hariri said the judiciary would take all steps to hold accountable those behind the shooting which the minister, Saleh al-Gharib, ...

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Moody’s says Lebanon likely to delay debt

MENAFN) Lebanon is expected to be forced to delay its debt, even though it already imposed steps to cut its deficit in this year’s state budget, as Moody’s suggested. Rating agency Moody’s affirmed: “Lebanon may have to reschedule its debt due to the slowdown of capital flows to the country and the decline in deposits growth.” Governor of the Central ...

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100,000 refugees resettled from Lebanon since Eruption of Syrian crisis- IOM

GENEVA, June 28 (MENA) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said its 100,000th resettlement of a refugee residing in Lebanon in June, as he was assisted in beginning a new life in a third country since fleeing the crisis in neighboring Syria, the organization posted on its website. This marks a significant milestone in IOM Lebanon’s resettlement efforts since ...

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Lebanon on right track with reforms: WB

(MENAFN) Lebanon is expected to witness an optimistic outlook as a result of reforms that it passed in this year’s state budget. However, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa region Ferid Belhaj called for Lebanon to exert more efforts in its economic reforms. According to the vice president, “Lebanon is doing well with ...

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Lebanon MP urges France to see beyond ‘mask’ of corruption

“No more business as usual,” that’s the message from one of Lebanon’s top business leaders and lawmakers to France. Fouad Makhzoumi has appealed to the French government not to turn a blind eye to corruption in Lebanon, as the Arab state battles to pass this year’s budget. “Normally, governments do not like to hear bad news,” says Makhzoumi. “They would ...

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Russia offers to mediate in Syria-Lebanon maritime border dispute

Lebanon seeks Russia’s mediation on its maritime border with Syria. “We have knowledge that Syria wants to demarcate the maritime border with Lebanon, and Russia is present in this area and at this border in particular,” Lebanese Defense Minister Bou Saab told the Russian news agency. Saab mentioned that Russia may be incentivized by its own economic interests in the area. Together with Italian Eni ...

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Lebanon: Beirut Landfill Near Capacity

(Beirut) – The Borj Hammoud landfill, one of two principal landfills serving Beirut, Lebanon, is set to reach capacity by the end of July 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The government had initially estimated that the landfill would be in operation until 2020. The government has taken no steps to provide an alternative site for Beirut’s solid waste. Instead, ...

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Why Lebanon is boycotting Donald Trump’s Bahrain conference

Shortly after Palestinians rejected the economic component of the US Middle East plan unveiled on Saturday, top Lebanese officials said that they refused to be tempted by the plan – despite it allocating billions of dollars to support infrastructure development and business in Lebanon. Lebanese politicians have boycotted the two-day “economic workshop” in Manama, Bahrain, during which the US unveiled the ...

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Lebanon’s Tripoli: residents say negligent state breeds extremism

With its crumbling Mamluk buildings, crusader castle, colourful souq and mouth-watering oriental sweets, Tripoli has long played the role of a busy commercial hub, strategically located on the Lebanese coastline close to the Syrian border. Beneath the city’s landmark early-20th century clock tower, bus drivers wait for customers heading to the capital Beirut or the Syrian city of Tartus, while ...

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