Friday, October 15

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Bassil meets de Mistura, Gurry in Geneva

Caretaker Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Gebran Bassil, on Thursday met in Geneva with the UN envoy to Syria, Stefan de Mistura, with talks reportedly touching on the current situation in Syria and the Syrian refugees' crisis.On the other hand, Minister Bassil met with the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, with whom he discussed means of cooperation with the Organization in the aim of bolstering the national economy and creating new job opportunities.Source: National News Agency

Geagea to Girard: We back Aoun position on Syrian refugees’ return

Lebanese Forces' leader, Samir Geagea, informed the UNHCR representative in Lebanon, Mireille Girard, that his party backs the position of President Michel Aoun regarding the return of the Syrian refugees to their country. "The LF party backs the position of President Michel Aoun as to the necessity of the Syrian refugees' quick return without awaiting a political solution to the crisis in Syria, which might take time," Geagea told the UNHCR representative, who visited him at his Maarab residence. "This a sovereign Lebanese decision and the UNHCR is only concerned with the humanitarian aspect of the crisis," Girard said.Source: National News Agency

Bassil after meeting Grandi: We do not seek problems with UN

Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Thursday maintained that Lebanon does not seek any problem with the United Nations and its high refugee commission, calling to encourage the safe return of the Syrian refugees to their homeland.Bassil made these remarks during his meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in Geneva.He said that he was ready to lift his ministry's procedures towards the UNHCR if he saw changes in its policy; equally, Bassil said he would step up the measures if its policy remained unaltered."Preventing refugees' early return to their country is a rejected policySource: National News Agency


Four soldiers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Wednesday, were killed, in the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen, UAE state news agency WAM reported.WAM said, the UAE's General Command of the Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi, offered its condolences to families of the personnel, who lost their lives in the battle.Coalition forces, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, began on Wednesday morning, an all-out offensive, to liberate Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, from Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels.The coalition later announced "liberation" of Hodeidah, after the Houthi militias ignored the grace period for their departure.The Saudi-led Arab coalition has been fighting the Shiite Houthi rebels since Mar, 2015, to support the internationally-recognised government, led by President...

Sawwan issues two indictments against three Syrian nationals

Military Investigative Judge, Fadi Sawwan, issued on Thursday an indictment against two Syrian brothers, Ahmad and Adnan Barakat, over taking part in Arsal battles against the Lebanese Army. Sawwan issued another indictment against Syrian national, Anas Al-Hamid, over terrorism and money laundering. The three indicted men have been referred to the permanent military court to stand trial.Source: National News Agency


The United States has delivered the last four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Lebanese army, the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, said, Wednesday.The delivery took place during a ceremony on Tuesday, at Hamat Air Base, in Lebanon's northern city of Batroun, in the presence of Lebanese army chief, Joseph Aoun and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.In his speech, Aoun hailed the four new aircraft as a bolster to Lebanese army's combat capability.The delivery "endorses the U.S. constant support for the Lebanese army, in the fight against terrorism," as well as, its "commitment and eagerness to preserve the stability of Lebanon," he said.For her part, Richard described the delivery as "a game-changing acquisition, that takes the Lebanese Armed Forces to the next level of combat capability...