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Makhzoumi talks Syrian refugee issue with Girard

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"National Dialogue" Party leader, MP Fouad Makhzoumi, on Thursday welcomed at his office in Downtown Beirut, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Lebanon, Mireille Girard.As per a statement issued by Makhzoumi, discussions reportedly focused on the Syrian refugee issue and the role that can be played by UNHCR in urging the international community to find solutions to this crisis.In this framework, Makhzoumi discussed with Girard best ovmeans to reduce the burden on Lebanon and its economy, underlining the need to continue to support vital sectors such as health and education.Makhzoumi underscored that the solution remains in a dignified and humanitarian return of the displaced Syrians to their homeland.Source: National News Agency

US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

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The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group. Kurdish fighters, under the umbrella of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, played a key role in the collapse of the IS caliphate in Syria and continue to help administer large swaths of territory liberated form the terror group. But Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and the special envoy to the global coalition to defeat IS, said Wednesday that there would not be an independent Kurdish state in Syria. "We don't have a political future that we offer for them," Jeffrey told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee ...

US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

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The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group. Kurdish fighters, under the umbrella of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, played a key role in the collapse of the IS caliphate in Syria and continue to help administer large swaths of territory liberated form the terror group. But Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and the special envoy to the global coalition to defeat IS, said Wednesday that there would not be an independent Kurdish state in Syria. "We don't have a political future that we offer for them," Jeffrey told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee ...

NNA launches ‘Hyde Park Corner’ on its website, Minister of Information touts restoration of Lebanon’s pioneering media role

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The National News Agency launched on Monday evening "Hyde Park Corner" application on its website at a press conference co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and "Hyde Park Corner", under the patronage of Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Beirut.The ceremony was attended by Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, MPs, diplomats, senior reporters and journalists, and a huge crowd of public figures and dignitaries.After playing the Lebanese national anthem, event host, Mario Tannous, delivered a word introducing National News Agency Director, Laure Sleiman, to the audience.In her delivered speech, Sleiman said, "We meet this evening to launch a new service on the website of the National News Agency, which has known remarkable progress over the past years.Star...

NNA launches ‘Hyde Park Corner’ on its website, Minister of Information touts restoration of Lebanon’s pioneering media role

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The National News Agency launched on Monday evening "Hyde Park Corner" application on its website at a press conference co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and "Hyde Park Corner", under the patronage of Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Beirut.The ceremony was attended by Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, MPs, diplomats, senior reporters and journalists, and a huge crowd of public figures and dignitaries.After playing the Lebanese national anthem, event host, Mario Tannous, delivered a word introducing National News Agency Director, Laure Sleiman, to the audience.In her delivered speech, Sleiman said, "We meet this evening to launch a new service on the website of the National News Agency, which has known remarkable progress over the past years.Star...

Swiss delegation visits Tripoli’s Chamber of Commerce

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President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lebanon and Tripoli, Toufic Dabbousi, on Monday welcomed the director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Ambassador Manuel Sager, who visited him with an accompanying delegation. The Swiss diplomat said that the mission of the delegation was to anchor cooperation with Lebanon and learn about the pillars of ongoing projects and future projects, which the Swiss side could participate in in the future.Source: National News Agency

Swiss delegation visits Tripoli’s Chamber of Commerce

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President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lebanon and Tripoli, Toufic Dabbousi, on Monday welcomed the director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Ambassador Manuel Sager, who visited him with an accompanying delegation. The Swiss diplomat said that the mission of the delegation was to anchor cooperation with Lebanon and learn about the pillars of ongoing projects and future projects, which the Swiss side could participate in in the future.Source: National News Agency

Qatari Minister of State meets Bassil: Lebanon is of great importance to Qatar

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, on Friday met with Qatari Minister of State, Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari, who said after the meeting that talks with Bassil mainly focused on the developing bilateral relations between Lebanon and Qatar. "My visit to Lebanon aimed at representing the Emir of Qatar at the burial ceremony of Patriarch Sfeir, and this reflects the strong relationship between the two governments, leaderships, and peoples," al-Kuwari said. "Lebanon is very important to both the leadership and the country of Qatar," he added. As for the Qatari grant announced by the Emir of Qatar during the opening of the economic development summit in Beirut, al-Kuwari confirmed that Qatar had always fulfilled its promises. Separately, Minister Bassil met with head of...

Qatari Minister of State meets Bassil: Lebanon is of great importance to Qatar

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, on Friday met with Qatari Minister of State, Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari, who said after the meeting that talks with Bassil mainly focused on the developing bilateral relations between Lebanon and Qatar. "My visit to Lebanon aimed at representing the Emir of Qatar at the burial ceremony of Patriarch Sfeir, and this reflects the strong relationship between the two governments, leaderships, and peoples," al-Kuwari said. "Lebanon is very important to both the leadership and the country of Qatar," he added. As for the Qatari grant announced by the Emir of Qatar during the opening of the economic development summit in Beirut, al-Kuwari confirmed that Qatar had always fulfilled its promises. Separately, Minister Bassil met with head of...

Fears of US War With Iran Weigh on Spain

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CADIZ, SPAIN, Spain this week withdrew a frigate assigned to a U.S. navy task force ordered into the Persian Gulf. The decision is widely seen as reflecting persistent fears of Spain's socialist government about getting involved in a possible war with Iran.The government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made the decision despite the risk of further straining frayed relations with the United States that could endanger major U.S. defense contracts with Spain's expanding naval industry.Spain's newest Class-100 frigate, the Mendez Nunez, was being showcased with the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group under a cooperation agreement signed with Washington two years ago. Military relations between the United States and Spain have been governed through bilateral treaties that date back to th...