Lebanese Political news

Army Begins Offensive against IS on Syria Border

The Lebanese army announced Saturday the start of an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group close to the Syrian border in the east of the country, where jihadists have been operating for several years. "In the n...

Ain al-Hilweh witnesses more gunfire

Heavy gunfire erupted in south Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp Thursday evening, as supporters of Islamist Bilal Badr opened fire on joint security forces. Badr is currently wanted for his role in leading a nearly ...

Highlights of speech by Nasrallah on 11th anniversary of 2006 war

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah made a televised appearance Sunday evening marking 11-years since the end of Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. Speaking during a ceremony in Marjayoun’s Khiam, dubbed “The Period ...

Hariri Set to Visit Kuwait

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to the Emirate of Kuwait for talks with Kuwait's Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah,al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. Hariri's visit comes in light of the latest reports...

Aoun Hopes Dialogue at Baabda Would 'Consider Interests of All'

President Michel Aoun, on Friday expressed hope that the upcoming economic dialogue meeting at Baabda palace on Monday would find solutions that take into consideration the interests of all the Lebanese regarding the salar...

UK Affirms Support for Lebanon's Military Institution

British Chargé d’Affaires Ben Wastnage emphasized that the Lebanese army is the “sole legitimate defender of Lebanon,” as he reiterated the UK's support for the military institution, a press release said. “I re...

Hizbollah chief says ready to battle ISIL on Lebanon-Syria border

Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said he was ready to launch an offensive against ISIL on the Lebanon-Syria border, days after forcing Al Qaeda's former Syrian branch from the area. In a televised speech broadcast on Hi...

Aoun Calls for 'Immunizing Independence', Says Army Can Defend Borders

President Michel Aoun on Monday called for “immunizing independence” and noted that the army has the ability to defend Lebanon's borders should its capabilities be boosted. “We must immunize independence through ref...

Hariri Says Lebanon Committed to Saudi-Led Causes, al-Faisal Says Lebanon Not a Discord Arena

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stressed Monday that “Lebanon is committed to all the Saudi-led causes” as visiting Saudi envoy Prince Khaled al-Faisal announced that Lebanon should not be “an arena for Arab dis...

Miqati, Bassil to Meet after Warning that Israel Could Access Offshore Oil

Caretaker Premier Najib Miqati is scheduled to meet on Monday with Energy Minister Jebran Bassil who warned last week that Israel's discovery of a new offshore gas field near Lebanese territorial waters means the Jewish st...

Salam Says No Cabinet Formation Progress, Cites Option of Stepping Down

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said Monday that there was still no progress in the formation of a new government and that a decision to step down was one of the available options.“There is still no progress in...

Dean of Journalists and Veteran Politician Ghassan Tueni Dies

The dean of Lebanese journalists Ghassan Tueni, who is the honorary president and former chairman of the board of directors of An Nahar newspaper, passed away at dawn Friday. He was 86.He had been hospitalized for the past...

Decision to allocate funds gives Cabinet new lease on life

The Cabinet’s decision Thursday to allocate LL10.394 trillion ($6.8 billion) to cover the expenses of all ministries for the rest of this year has temporarily breathed life into a government that was severely hamstru...

Jumblat Urges March 14 to Attend All-Party Talks, Slams Opposition's Policy

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat slammed on Friday the March 14-led oppositions’ stance over the national dialogue, stressing the importance of all-party talks to resolve all disputed issues.&ldquo...

Cabinet to 'Legalize' Overspending after Suleiman-Miqati-March 8 Deal

The cabinet will approve a draft-law to legalize the controversial extra-budgetary spending during its session on Thursday, President Michel Suleiman announced.In remarks to As Safir daily on Wednesday, Suleiman said the g...

Deal on EDL contract workers yet to be finalized: Jreissati

Labor Minister Salim Jreissati said Tuesday that an agreement to make Electricite de Liban contract workers permanent employees has not been completed yet.“Up till now, no final agreement has been reached regarding t...

Miqati Approves Decree to Appoint 5 HJC Members, Refers it to Suleiman

Prime Minister Najib Miqati inked a decree to appoint five judges to the Higher Judicial Council as the tenure of the current members ended on June 5, An Nahar newspaper reported on Tuesday.According to the daily, the prem...

PSP Delegation in Ain el-Tineh as March 14 Drafts Initiative on National Dialogue

A delegation from the Progressive Socialist Party and the National Struggle Front that are headed by MP Walid Jumblat will visit Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday to discuss with him the National Dialogue that is set to take p...

Annan to meet with Lebanese officials

U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan will meet with President Michel Sleiman Thursday upon arriving in Lebanon from Amman, Jordan, the National News Agency reported.Annan will meet with the president at 5:30 p.m. at Baa...

Mediation on hostages down to Mikati, Turkey

Efforts to release 11 Lebanese hostages held by Syrian rebels are now restricted to Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Turkish officials, ministerial sources told The Daily Star Tuesday.The prime minister also said Ankara's r...