Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »


Tag Archives: Lebanon

Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

:: Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Protesters, some of them

Israeli missiles hit military position near Damascus

:: Israeli missiles struck a military position near Damascus overnight and Syria’s air defence system thwarted them, Syrian state television said on Saturday. The “blatant assault” led to material losses at the site in the countryside around the capital, it

Lebanese President Aoun says Hariri to ‘certainly’ stay on as PM

:: Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri will “certainly” remain prime minister and the country’s political crisis “will be resolved definitively in a few days”, President Michel Aoun was quoted as saying by an Italian newspaper on Wednesday. “We have just finished talks

Hariri: Hezbollah must remain neutral to ensure Lebanon moves forward

:: Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Monday that Iran-backed Hezbollah must stop interfering overseas and accept a “neutral” policy to bring an end to Lebanon’s political crisis. “I don’t want a political party in my government that interferes in

Lebanon army chief asks troops for readiness at Israel border

:: Lebanon’s army chief urged “full readiness” at the southern border to face the “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations,” the army said in a tweet on Tuesday. Army Commander General Joseph Aoun called on soldiers to be

Hariri: I’ll be in Lebanon to mark Independence Day on Wednesday

:: Saad Hariri has said he plans on traveling back to Lebanon by Wednesday in time for his country’s independence day celebrations. Hariri, speaking to reporters after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said he will be speaking

Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron

Lebanon’s Saad Hariri arrives in Paris after refuting ‘rumors and lies’

:: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday. French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks on Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after arriving from Saudi Arabia. Hariri was also due to have lunch

Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir says Hezbollah hijacked Lebanon

:: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Hezbollah is the root of the problem in Lebanon as it has hijacked the Lebanese system. During a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Jubeir added that Hezbollah’s continuous

Kidnappers release Saudi national Ali al-Basharawi held in Lebanon

:: Saudi Press Agency representative Jamal al-Saheli said that a kidnapped Saudi national held in Lebanon has been released. Ali al-Basharawi was handed over to the Lebanese army intelligence after two cars brought him to al-Sayyid Ali deserted area. The

Lebanese president welcomes Saad Hariri’s plans to return soon

:: Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who has refused to accept Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister unless Hariri returns from Saudi Arabia, welcomed comments from Hariri that he plans to come home soon, palace sources and visitors said on Monday.

Maronite patriarch gets red-carpet welcome in Riyadh

Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi

:: The Lebanese head of the Maronite Catholic church, Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi, arrived to a red-carpet welcome in the Saudi capital on Monday. Though he described his visit as “the first of its kind,” Al-Rahi said there has been continuous

France: Iran non-interference in Lebanon is key for regional stability

:: France’s foreign ministry said on Monday it was an important condition for the stability of the region that Iran not interfere in Lebanon’s domestic affairs. “We wish that all those who exert an influence in Lebanon allow all the

New details emerge about kidnapped Saudi citizen in Lebanon

Lebanese police forces.

:: New details have emerged about the kidnapped Saudi citizen in Lebanon, Ali al-Bishrawi. Bishrawi’s brother, Mohammed, said that they were informed of his kidnapping after Ali’s wife, Fasila Azir, called them. Ali’s family is in constant contact with the

Arab league to meet on Iran at Saudi request

:: The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request,

Saad Hariri: I will return to Lebanon within the coming few days

:: Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in an exclusive interview with Future TV, a Lebanese television channel aligned to his Future Party, said: “My focus is on the interest of Lebanon and my resignation is for its own sake.”

Lebanon’s Hariri pictured greeting Saudi king on his return to Riyadh

:: Saudi King Salman returned to Riyadh from Madinah on Saturday and was pictured being greeted by former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. He was also received by Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin

Why Saad Al-Hariri has done the right thing

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: For some in “occupied” and “subjugated” Lebanon, the nightmare is over; for others, the country is approaching a regional cliff edge. In fact, Lebanon is going through a second “March 14th” uprising, this time

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