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Catholic cardinal meets Saudi King in historic visit to Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's King Salman met French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran in Riyadh on Wednesday during the first visit to the kingdom by such a senior Catholic authority, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.It followed a flurry of meetings between senior Saudi figures and representatives of other Christian traditions in recent months, raising hopes of more openness in the kingdom which hosts Islam's holiest sites but bans the practice of other faiths.The meeting between the king and Tauran, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is the first between the current Saudi ruler and a Catholic official. Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch visited Saudi Arabia in November. Patriarch Beshara al-Rai heads the Maronite church, which has a presence in Lebanon, Syria and C...

Army commander, Arora broach current situation

Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Thursday welcomed at his Yarze office India's Ambassador to Lebanon, Sanjiv Arora, with whom he discussed the general situation in Lebanon and the broad region. Talks also touched on cooperation relations between the armies of both countries.Source: National News Agency

European MPs Implore US to Not Quit Iran Nuclear Pact

WASHINGTON, More than 500 British, French and German lawmakers wrote to their U.S. counterparts Thursday, urging them to support the international pact restraining Iran's nuclear weapons development and to keep President Donald Trump from abandoning it.Trump has demanded that dangerous flaws be fixed in the 2015 deal and has set a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull the United States out of the agreement. Tehran agreed to the pact with the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China in exchange for ending economic sanctions that had hobbled its economy.Trump has called the agreement crafted under the administration of former President Barack Obama the worst deal ever negotiated. Trump contends Iran would quickly achieve nuclear capability at the end of the 10-year agree...

Othman, Hrdlickova discuss means of cooperation

Internal Security Forces (ISF) chief, Imad Othman, met on Thursday at his Barracks office with President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Judge Ivana Hrdlickova, in the presence of STL Vice President Judge Ralph Riachi, STL Bureau chief Nicolas Guilloux, and Beirut Bureau chief, kevin Mannion.Talks reportedly touched on means of strengthening cooperation with STL.Source: National News Agency

Shorter visits Chouf, inspects UK funded projects

In a press release by the British Embassy in Beirut, it said: "As part of his ongoing regional tours, British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter visited Baakline to see first-hand how the UK is supporting vulnerable host communities and Lebanon's largest library.Ambassador Shorter held constructive meetings with Baakline's mayor Abdallah El Ghosseini and head of the union of municipalities of Chouf-Souweijani Yehya Bou Karroum, municipal members accompanied by Celine Moyroud, UNDP Lebanon Country Director and George Antoun, Mercy Corps Lebanon Country Director. Discussions focused on the latest development projects in the area and needs. He also toured UK funded projects and spoke to beneficiaries around the positive impact the programmes are having on people's lives.As part of the UK's su...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Condoles Former US President George W. Bush, on the death of his MotherRiyadh, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a cable of condolences and consolation to US former President George W. Bush, on the death of his mother.The Monarch, in his cable said: "We have been informed with utmost grief the news of your mother's passing away. As I send to Your Excellency and your family heartfelt condolences and sincere consolation, we hope that you will be provided with patience and consolation".Source: Saudi Press Agency