Friday, June 18

Albert Mansour says committed to backing Resistance

Politics
Newly-elected lawmaker Albert Mansour on Tuesday maintained that he is committed to supporting the Resistance through, according to him, "the golden trinity" formed by the Resistance, people, and army. Mansour made these remarks during his meeting with a delegation of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. Conferees agreed to work within the same national bloc in order to reach common goals, such as the abolition of political sectarianism and a vote mode based on proportionality with Lebanon as a sole district.Source: National News Agency

US Urges Post-Election Lebanon to Uphold Regional Policy

Politics
BEIRUT, The United States on Tuesday urged Lebanon to uphold a policy of staying out of regional wars and a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought Hezbollah's disarmament, after the Iran-backed group and its allies won more than half the seats in Sunday's election.The United States views Hezbollah as a terrorist group and is critical of its role in the Syrian conflict, but has given Lebanon substantial military support."As Lebanon looks ahead to forming a new government, we urge all parties to uphold Lebanon's international obligations, including those contained in U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701," the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said in a statement.The two resolutions relate to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of all militias including He...

Saudi Arabia fully ready to issue driving licences to women

Business
Riyadh, With the long-awaited start date for issuing driver's licences to Saudi women just around the corner, the General Department of Traffic's Director, Major General Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Bassami, has confirmed that all requirements for women in Saudi Arabia to start driving have been established.The senior Saudi official also revealed that the step will open business opportunities and that women will be able to work as taxi drivers and in the related traffic security facilities and activities, the Centre for International Communication (CIC) reported.Major General Al Bassami praised the support that was given to his department from the Minister of Interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, and all government agencies to overcome all obstacles and ensure applying swift and smoot...

Emirati, Saudi Ambassadors visit Melkite Catholic Patriarch

Business
Patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church, Youssef Absi, met, at the Patriarchate in Rabwe, with Emirati Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamad al-Shamsi and Charge d'Affaires of the Saudi Embassy Walid Bukhari, in presence of former minister Alain Hakim.Talks reportedly touched on the latest developments and the current situation following the parliamentary elections.Source: National News Agency

Arab Commission for Atomic Energy meets in Tunis

Judicial
Tunis, The Arab Commission for Atomic Energy held in Tunis its 30th meeting. Director General of the Arab Commission for Atomic Energy Salem Al Hamdi said the commission is embarked on concluding a host of projects and activities to further promote peaceful usage of nuclear energy, adding that most of Arab countries are planning a peaceful use of atomic energy.He lauded the positive steps taken so far by Saudi Arabia to build a number of nuclear reactors to generate power and desalinate water, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.Dr. Abdulrahman Al Arfaj, Consultant at the Riyadh-based King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, who led the Saudi Arabia's delegation to the meeting, said Saudi Arabia has sought to take care of and diversify the energy resources in what is called energy...

Bahraini-UAE economic cooperation reviewed

Education
Manama, Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa today received the newly appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Bahrain, HH Shaikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.Ways to boost economic and financial cooperation were discussed, in addition to joint interests and global economic developments. The minister wished the newly appointed ambassador success in promoting bilateral relations in the interest of the two countries and their people. Source: Bahrain News Agency