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MP Hashem: Sunni MPs’ meeting with Bassil not scheduled yet

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MP Qassem Hashem revealed Monday that the awaited meeting between the Consultative Sunni Gathering and Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil had not been scheduled yet, stressing that the encounter's location is not a bone of contention.Interviewed by Voice of Lebanon radio station, the lawmaker indicated that the meeting could take place at any moment.Source: National News Agency

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques graces reception of people of Tabuk region

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Tabuk, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud here this evening graced the reception held by of the people of Tabuk region on the occasion of the king's visit to the region in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense.The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received upon his arrival at the headquarters of the ceremony at King Khalid Sports City in Tabuk by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Tabuk region.Upon the arrival of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the main podium, he was warmly welcomed by the people.Then, the royal anthem was played and then the ceremony began with verses ...

Rahi congratulates Aoun on Independence Day

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Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi, contacted Sunday morning President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, congratulating him on the occasion of Independence Day.Rahi also briefed the President on the nature of his apostolic visit to Rome.On the other hand, the Patriarch heaped praise on the fresh reconciliation between the Lebanese Forces Party and the Marada Movement, which turned the page on a painful era in the history of Lebanon.Finally, Rahi wished Minister of Foreign Affairs Gibran Bassil success in the task assigned to him by President Aoun.Source: National News Agency

Saudi sports executives conclude successful training course in Portugal

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Riyadh, A host of Saudi female and male football executives, representing different clubs, were back home after successfully having concluded a high-level training course at Portugal Soccer Academy, organized upon agreement between the Saudi and Portuguese soccer federations.During the one-year training course, the ten-member trainees, consisting of two females, a number of the world's renowned lecturers were hosted to give lessons.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Merabi: To raise Russian initiative to the level of Security Council

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"The Russian initiative for the return of the displaced Syrians to their country is serious, but needs to be strengthened and raised to the level of the Security Council," Caretaker State Minister for Refugee Affairs Moein Merabi said Saturday during a symposium held at the office of Caretaker Minister for Planning Affairs Michel Pharaoun.Merabi reiterated that Lebanon rejects "any form of settlement of Syrians or other refugees in Lebanon...," and that "Lebanon is committed to respecting the international refugee law regime and the principles of international human rights law."He also highlighted the necessity to exert all the required efforts to secure a safe return of the displaced to their homeland in the nearest time possible through the United Nations.Finally, the Minister said that ...

UAE Foreign Minister Meets with His Albanian Counterpart

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Abu Dhabi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met here with Albania's Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between the two countries and ways to enhance bilateral relations and they exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common concern.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Merabi: To raise Russian initiative to the level of Security Council

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"The Russian initiative for the return of the displaced Syrians to their country is serious, but needs to be strengthened and raised to the level of the Security Council," Caretaker State Minister for Refugee Affairs Moein Merabi said Saturday during a symposium held at the office of Caretaker Minister for Planning Affairs Michel Pharaoun.Merabi reiterated that Lebanon rejects "any form of settlement of Syrians or other refugees in Lebanon...," and that "Lebanon is committed to respecting the international refugee law regime and the principles of international human rights law."He also highlighted the necessity to exert all the required efforts to secure a safe return of the displaced to their homeland in the nearest time possible through the United Nations.Finally, the Minister said that ...

Lebanese, Portuguese ambassadors appointed to lead negotiations on global environmental pact

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The new president of the United Nations General Assembly renewed, in a letter, the appointment of Ambassador of Lebanon to the United Nations, Amal Mdallali, and the Ambassador of Portugal, Francisco Duarte Lopez, to lead the negotiations over a global environmental pact.Ambassador Mdallali was appointed for the first time back in June.Lebanon and Portugal have been selected from 192 countries to lead the negotiations on the environmental agreement to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in January, February and May next year (2019).During his visit to New York last September, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Ambassadors Mdallali and Lopez, and discussed with them the agreement and its importance to the environment worldwide....