BASSIL TACKLES HOUR ISSUES WITH GERMAN AMBASSADOR

Free Patriotic Movement leader, MP Gebran Bassil, on Thursday welcomed the new German Ambassador, Kurt Georg Stöckl-Stillfried, who came on an acquaintance visit, accompanied by his political advisor Julius Johann Klpfel.

Also present at the meeting …


Free Patriotic Movement leader, MP Gebran Bassil, on Thursday welcomed the new German Ambassador, Kurt Georg Stöckl-Stillfried, who came on an acquaintance visit, accompanied by his political advisor Julius Johann Klpfel.

Also present at the meeting had been MP Nada Boustani and Diplomatic Relations Officer Bashir Haddad.

Discussions reportedly touched on current hour issues.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

JUMBLATT BROACHES DEVELOPMENTS WITH GERMAN AMBASSADOR

Former Head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, on Thursday received at his Clemenceau residence, German Ambassador to Lebanon, Kurt Georg Stoeckl-Stillfried, in the presence of Progressive Socialist Party Leader, Taymour Jumblatt, and…


Former Head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, on Thursday received at his Clemenceau residence, German Ambassador to Lebanon, Kurt Georg Stoeckl-Stillfried, in the presence of Progressive Socialist Party Leader, Taymour Jumblatt, and his deputy Zaher Raad.

Discussions reportedly touched on the general situation and developments.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

MINISTER MAKARY VISITS PATRIARCH YAZIGI AT BALAMAND

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi, on Thursday welcomed at the Patriarchate’s headquarters in Balamand, Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makary, accompanied by his Media Advisor Misbah Al-Ali, in the presence o…


Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi, on Thursday welcomed at the Patriarchate’s headquarters in Balamand, Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makary, accompanied by his Media Advisor Misbah Al-Ali, in the presence of Head of Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery, George Yacoub, and a number of priests.

After the meeting, Minister Makary said: ‘This visit comes at a very critical time that Lebanon and the region are going through. It is a necessary visit, because the Patriarch comes from a land that has been tormented and has experienced wars, killing, displacement and exodus.’

Minister Makary described the situation in the region as ‘very bad’, referring to what is happening in the occupied Palestine and southern Lebanon.

The Minister stressed that “we must remain steadfast in our land with cultural and religious diversity as well as the diversity of our heritage.’

He said: “Because our country is built on dialogue, we must present our problems despite the crises t
hat Lebanon is experiencing, including: the security situation in the south and the repeated Israeli attacks, in addition to the crisis of electing a president of the republic.”

Minister Makary then toured the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, where Archimandrite Yacoub gave a detailed explanation of the history of the monastery and its icons.

Patriarch Yazigi also presented Minister Makary with a number of religious books and icons.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL – ON GAZA

The following is a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Sscretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, on Gaza: “The Secretary-General is appalled by the tragic human toll of the conflict in Gaza., in which more than 30,000 people have now rep…


The following is a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Sscretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, on Gaza: “The Secretary-General is appalled by the tragic human toll of the conflict in Gaza., in which more than 30,000 people have now reportedly been killed and over 70,000 injured. Tragically, an unknown number of people lie under rubble.

The Secretary-General condemns the incident today in northern Gaza in which more than a hundred people were reportedly killed or injured while seeking life-saving aid. The desperate civilians in Gaza need urgent help, including those in the besieged north where the United Nations has not been able to deliver aid in more than a week.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages. He once again calls for urgent steps so that critical humanitarian aid can get into and across Gaza to all those in need.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

ARMY CHIEF RECEIVES UK DEFENSE SENIOR ADVISOR, AUSTRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Thursday welcomed at his Yarzeh office, Austrian Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, in the presence of Austria’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Rene Paul Amry.

The Army Commander also welcomed UK Defenc…


Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Thursday welcomed at his Yarzeh office, Austrian Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, in the presence of Austria’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Rene Paul Amry.

The Army Commander also welcomed UK Defence Senior Adviser for the Middle East, Martin Sampson, who paid him a farewell visit and introduced his successor, Admiral Ed Ahlgren.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon