TAYMOUR JUMBLATT MEETS WITH ARMY CHIEF-OF-STAFF, SALUTES BAYSOUR RECONCILIATION: FOR CONFRONTING CHALLENGES THROUGH NATIONAL SOLIDARITY, UNCONDITIONAL UNDERSTANDING

Progressive Socialist Party Head, MP Taymour Jumblatt, hailed today ‘the reconciliation meeting that was held in the town of Baysour yesterday, which confirmed the adherence of the people of the Lebanese Mountain to the values ??and principles based o…


Progressive Socialist Party Head, MP Taymour Jumblatt, hailed today ‘the reconciliation meeting that was held in the town of Baysour yesterday, which confirmed the adherence of the people of the Lebanese Mountain to the values ??and principles based on the spirit of tolerance and unity under the roof of diversity.’ He added that this reconciliation ‘also renewed the consolidation of the monotheistic Arab-Islamic Druze identity and its steadfast support for the Palestinian cause.’

In a statement issued on the sidelines of his Saturday meetings at Al-Mukhtara Palace, Jumblatt touched on the 18th commemoration of the July 2006 war, which coincides with the continuation of the Israeli enemy in its brutal aggression against Palestine and Lebanon, and the increasing possibility of it undertaking wider military adventures, its disregard for the relevant international resolutions and all humanitarian conventions, and its repeated thwarting of all possible diplomatic efforts to reduce tension and defuse war on a broa
der scale. In this context, he considered that what is happening today requires joint efforts in facing the challenges of this crucial stage for the nation and its future, instead of having more divisions. He underlined the importance of internal solidarity and understanding to resolve the outstanding issues in a spirit of national responsibility, to get Lebanon out of its crises.

The MP cited herein the continuous efforts made by the ‘Democratic Gathering’ and the PSP, alongside other parties that are seeking solutions aimed at finding a formula that would put an end to the presidential vacuum, a point from which all endeavors must begin, given the nation’s need to reorganize its political life and its constitutional, economic, social and administrative institutions to end the current paralysis, he explained.

Addressing the electricity issue, Jumblatt considered that reform in the ‘Electricit√© du Liban’ Corporation does not require more financing adventures through new loans that contribute to increasing w
aste expenditure, but rather requires serious steps that begin by implementing the laws issued by the Parliament, forming a regulatory body, and developing a practical plan to stop technical and non-technical waste in this sector.

On a different note, MP Jumblatt met on Saturday with the Chief of Staff of the Lebanese Army, Major General Hassan Audeh, who briefed him on the tasks and role of the military institution across the nation. He emphasized in this context ‘the importance of supporting the army and rallying around it in light of the exceptional security conditions and challenges facing Lebanon and the region.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

GEAGEA: SITUATION IN LEBANON CANNOT WAIT FOR A SETTLEMENT IN GAZA, GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE DECISIVE, IMMEDIATE MEASURES ON SOUTHERN FRONT

Lebanese Forces Party Chief, Samir Geagea, stressed that ‘the situation in Lebanon cannot wait for that of Gaza to be resolved,’ underlining the government’s need “to take decisive and immediate measures regarding the southern front, in terms of imple…


Lebanese Forces Party Chief, Samir Geagea, stressed that ‘the situation in Lebanon cannot wait for that of Gaza to be resolved,’ underlining the government’s need “to take decisive and immediate measures regarding the southern front, in terms of implementing Resolution 1701,” reiterating that opening the southern front is a “major sin” and not a “mistake.’

His words came during a ceremony for handing over cards to a new batch of LF members in the northern Bekaa region, held at the party’s general headquarters in Maarab.

Touching on the presidential file, Geagea voiced his complete rejection of rumored news that the next president will be elected through the Parliament Council of 2026, stressing that ‘the Lebanese Forces are working with all their might to ensure that the battle to elect the president does not carry over to the next parliamentary elections.’

He called herein on the “centrist representatives” to “assume their responsibilities and contribute to the immediate election of a president of the rep
ublic,” considering that “this step is the only way out of the current crisis.”

Geagea also touched on the role of “Hezbollah” inside Lebanon, saying: “No state can have an armed party outside the framework of the state.” He asserted that “to ensure the stability of Lebanon and the safety of the Lebanese, the government must immediately implement Resolution 1701 unilaterally, and deploy the Lebanese Army in the south instead of Hezbollah, to achieve national sovereignty and protect the borders.’

Regarding international efforts to resolve the Lebanese crisis, Geagea pointed out that ‘the solution must be local par excellence,’ emphasizing that ‘the international community can help, but the final solution lies in the hands of the local forces, especially the centrist representatives who can break the existing stalemate and move towards electing a new president.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

ABOU EL-HASSAN: PRESIDENCY ISSUE HAS NOT YET MATURED AMONG MANY PARTIES

MP Hadi Abou El-Hassan considered that ‘the initiative of the representatives of the opposition forces exceeds the powers of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in terms of the form and management of dialogue,’ noting that “the country deserves to sacrific…


MP Hadi Abou El-Hassan considered that ‘the initiative of the representatives of the opposition forces exceeds the powers of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in terms of the form and management of dialogue,’ noting that “the country deserves to sacrifice the form of dialogue to end the presidential vacuum.’

He pointed out in an interview with ‘Voice of All Lebanon 93.3’ Radio Channel this morning that the Lebanese have overlooked the constitution in several stages, including the time when former President Michel Sleiman was elected without amending the constitution, after agreeing in Doha to name him as president.

The MP called on the representatives of the opposition forces to “request an appointment from Speaker Berri to present their concerns, and for each party to provide its opinion to reach a solution to the presidential impasse.”

Abou El-Hassan stressed herein that ‘the Democratic Gathering supports any movement or initiative that contributes to saving Lebanon from its crises.”

He considered that the
issue of the presidency has not yet matured among many parties, pointing out that ‘the contradiction in decisions and opinions is due to a lack of trust between the parties.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

BOU HABIB: SECURITY OF SOUTHERN LEBANON DEPENDS ON FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF 1701, LEBANESE ARMY’S SUPPORT & LATER ON CONCLUSION OF A FINAL AGREEMENT ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER

Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, stressed in an exclusive interview with “The “Monitor” website during his visit to Washington, ‘the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region in light of the es…


Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, stressed in an exclusive interview with “The “Monitor” website during his visit to Washington, ‘the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region in light of the escalating tension in southern Lebanon and the Middle East.’

He emphasized “the necessity of dialogue and calm,” noting that “the security of southern Lebanon depends on the full and comprehensive implementation of UN Resolution #1701, the support of the Lebanese army, and later on concluding a final agreement on the southern border.”

Regarding recent events, Bou Habib expressed his ‘deep concern about the potential consequences of any future escalation,’ warning that ‘slipping into war will have serious repercussions not only for Lebanon and Israel but also for neighboring countries.’

He added, “The Israeli invasion of Lebanon, if it occurs, may cause a regional war involving external parties.” Therefore, he stressed “the need for all parties to prioritize dial
ogue and peaceful solutions.”

In this connection, Bou Habib pointed to ‘ongoing international diplomatic efforts, including those led by international partners, which aim to reduce tensions and enhance stability along the southern Lebanese border.’

He underlined “Lebanon’s commitment to initiatives that enhance regional peace and security.”

The Foreign Minister also reaffirmed “Lebanon’s readiness to constructively partake in international efforts aimed at preventing conflict and achieving lasting peace in the Middle East.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

ARMY CHIEF RECEIVES ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCH

Army Commander General Joseph Aoun, on Friday received at his Yarzeh office, Armenian Catholic Patriarch Raphael Bedros XXI Minassian, who handed General Aoun an invitation to attend the ceremony of transferring the body of His Eminence the Honored Ca…


Army Commander General Joseph Aoun, on Friday received at his Yarzeh office, Armenian Catholic Patriarch Raphael Bedros XXI Minassian, who handed General Aoun an invitation to attend the ceremony of transferring the body of His Eminence the Honored Cardinal Grigor Petros Agagianian from Rome to Lebanon.

Source: National news agency – Lebanon

BERRI CHAIRS ‘DEVELOPMENT AND LIBERATION” BLOC MEETING

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Friday presided over a meeting by the “Development and Liberation” parliamentary bloc in Ain al-Tineh.

Source: National news agency – Lebanon


Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Friday presided over a meeting by the “Development and Liberation” parliamentary bloc in Ain al-Tineh.

Source: National news agency – Lebanon