Lebanon

Several dead after Syrian warfare spills into Lebanon

Edited by Nelly Tawil A security source and the state news agency confirms that Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley region was disrupted on Monday as conflict between Islamic State and the al Qaeda related Nusra Front spilled into Lebanon’s territory. Casualties ranged on both sides. Both the security source and an Islamic State online statement verified that over sixteen Nusra Front ...

Lebanon PM denounces bombings in Brussels

Edited by Nelly Tawil Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the Tuesday bombings in Brussels, declaring that such acts “tarnish the image of Arabs and Muslims, harm their interests and widen the gap between them and the Western world.”   Salam released his statement through his press office expressing his disappointment and sympathy for all those involved in the attack. ...

Saudi Arabia continues to support Lebanon

Edited by Nelly Tawil (AME Media) Saudi Arabia Ambassador Ali Awad Asisri claims that Saudi Arabia continues to support Lebanon despite the diplomatic difficulties that threaten their continued cooperation. Asiri states that “Saudi Arabia has nothing but good [intentions] towards Lebanon” in response to Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal. Ambassador Asiri advises Lebanese businessmen to turn their investments towards Riyadh. He claims that ...

All Political Powers Represented in Trash Agreement

The cabinet is expected to convene on Saturday morning to approve the trash management file after an agreement that was reached on Friday by a concerned ministerial panel, reported al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday. Ministerial sources told the daily that “all political powers are represented in the deal.” “The crisis is no longer up for debate and it can be approved ...

Islamic State Threatens Hizbullah, Lebanese Officials, Urges Christians to Convert to Islam

The Islamic State extremist group released a video in which two of its Lebanese members threaten various Lebanese officials, as well as Hizbullah. The video showed the two members urging Lebanon’s Sunnis to “revolt,” while saying that Hizbullah is “the source of crime and oppression in the country.” “The Syrian regime invaded Lebanon primarily through Arab consent and secondarily through ...

Salam Tasks Mashnouq Instead of Bassil at Islamic Summit

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has tasked Agriculture Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq instead of Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil to represent him at the Extraordinary Islamic Summit on Palestine end of this week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. “The invitation has been addressed to Salam and he is free to assign any of the ministers,” sources at the Grand Serail told the daily. ...

World Leaders Hail ‘Real Progress’ in Syria as Opposition Says ‘Conditions Not Ripe’ for Talks

World leaders hailed “real progress” in Syria on Friday, but fresh air strikes showed the fragility of the week-old truce and the opposition cast doubt on its attendance at talks next week in Geneva. Warplanes struck a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital for the first time since the fragile truce began last weekend, a monitor said. “Two ...

Refugee protests in Lebanon could go beyond Palestinians

For more than a month, large protests throughout Lebanon have been gaining size and momentum, driven by the announcement that UNRWA, the UN agency which provides services and relief to Palestinian refugees, will no longer cover the cost of regular hospital visits for Palestinians in Lebanon. This move has been interpreted as representing a wider decline in the fortunes of ...

Why did Riyadh cancel $4 billion in aid to Lebanon?

It was only a matter of time before the latent tensions brewing between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon boiled over, given the current rivalry between Riyadh and Tehran and the rising influence of the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon. But it seems Saudi Arabia is truly acting in an erratic manner that, instead of bringing Lebanon back into its sphere of influence, ...

Riyadh suspends multibillion-dollar aid package to Lebanon

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. Saudi Arabia’s $3bn aid package to Lebanese security forces has been suspended amid the fallout between regional powers Riyadh and Tehran. The ...

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