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PRESIDENT AOUN BRIEFED ON WORK OF INFORMATION MINISTRY, SITUATION OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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President Michel Aoun met Information Minister, Manal Abdel Samad, today at the Presidential Palace. Abdel Samad confirmed continuing to serve the national cause that serves the entire country, and defending the rights of people and standing up against any wrong decision which doesn't take the country's interest into account. "We continue with our stances hoping that we will remain conscientious with the Government and the living conscience that doesn't express any personal, political or sectarian interest, above the nation's interest" the Information Minister stated. Minister Abdel Samad also briefed the President on her Ministry's work and about the atmosphere of proposing the Media Law after completion of all amendments, in addition to numerous issues related to both private and pub...

MINISTER WEHBE RECEIVES SOLIDARITY CONTACTS FROM FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS

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Foreign Minister and Expatriates Charbel Wehbe received a series of phone calls from his counterparts in a number of countries, who expressed their countries’ solidarity with Lebanon after the massive explosion in Beirut. The following contacted minister Wehbe: Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois Philippe Champaign and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides. Minister Wehbe had visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, and had inspected the extensive damage that had been caused to it and destroyed large parts of its departments, including the Minister's office and the Secretary-General.   Source: National News Agency

NEW FM ASSUMES MINISTRY DUTIES, SAYS WILL WORK ON REFUGEES’ REPATRIATION

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Newly-appointed Foreign Minister, Charbel Wehbe, has assumed his duties which he was duly handed over by his predecessor Nassif Hitti, at a ceremony held Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.   In his word, Wehbe vowed that his ministry would work on the government's plan on the return of the displaced Syrians.   He also highlighted his commitment to rejecting the resettlement of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, as well as to securing their repatriation.   Moreover, Wehbe stressed on Lebanon's commitment to the implementation of UN resolution 1701, condemning the Israeli violations of the Lebanese sovereignty.   Source: National News Agency

US AMBASSADOR: WE RESPECT LEBANON WITH ALL ITS COMPONENTS

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US Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, on Monday reiterated the US administration's respect to Lebanon "with all its components." The US diplomat's words came during a meeting with Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Ignatius Joseph III Younan. "We always seek to spread the truth and build bridges of cooperation," Shea added, expressing full support for all shades of freedom. Moreover, US ambassador did not fail to express her solidarity with the Lebanese people, hoping that Lebanon will eventually restore its prosperity. For his part, Younan expressed support for the principle of active neutrality in Lebanon.   Source: National News Agency

BERRI RECEIVES MORE CONGRATULATORY CALLS ON ADHA OCCASION

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House Speaker, Nabih Berri, continued on Sunday to receive well-wishing calls on the occasion of the Adha Feast, most prominently from Army Chief, General Joseph Aoun; Free Patriotic Movement Head, MP Gibran Bassil; Syrian National Socialist Party Supreme Council Head, MP Assaad Hardan; Discrimination Attorney General, Judge Ghassan Aouidat; Director of Army Intelligence, Brigadier Tony Mansour, and a number of deputies, cabinet ministers and political and spiritual leaders, expatriate and economic figures.   Source: National News Agency

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT AOUN TO MILITARY ACADEMY GRADUATING OFFICERS

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Marking the Lebanese Army Day and in his address to graduating officers from the Military Academy on Saturday, President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, said: Distinguished audience, This Academy was supposed to bring us together once more, so that some of the best men would stand before us in its yard, waiting impatiently to repeat loudly “I swear to God Almighty”, while taking the oath of fully carrying out the duty of preserving the country’s flag and defending the nation. Nevertheless, the health quarantine circumstances imposed by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have unfortunately stood in the way. Graduating officers,You have chosen to name your class after the Army’s Diamond Jubilee, in commemoration of the seventy-fifth Army Day, after your colleagues chose...

AL-RAHI MEETS WITH ‘STRONG REPUBLIC’ BLOC DELEGATION

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Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, met this morning in Al-Diman with a "Strong Republic" Bloc delegation, commissioned by Lebanese Forces Party Chief Samir Geagea, including MP's Wehbi Qatisha, Shawki Daccash and Antoine Habshi, as well as the Head of LF's Bureau for Communication with Spiritual Leaders Tony Mourad and Bureau Member Jean-Claude Saab. The tripartite initiative launched by the Patriarch, which represents a rescue solution for Lebanon, was at center of discussions during the meeting. On emerging, MP Habshi spoke on behalf of the delegation, saying: "We came today to visit His Beatitude in wake of the neutrality initiative he has put forth, especially since the concept of neutrality is being given different interpretations which do not reflect its simp...

HRH the Crown Prince receives phone call from King of Bahrain

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Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received a phone call from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, congratulating him on the blessed Eid Al-Adha and the recovery of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his discharge from hospital. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince expressed thanks to the king of Bahrain for his brotherly feelings and congratulated him on Eid Al-Adha.   Source: Saudi Press Agency