Michel Aoun says Lebanon ready to resume talks over maritime borders

Lebanon on Monday signalled its readiness to resume US-mediated negotiations with Israel's new government over disputed maritime borders. President Michel Aoun told US mediator John Desrocher during a meeting at the Baabda presidential palace that Lebanon was keen to pursue the indirect talks to

Lebanon’s Sunni leaders renew support for Hariri

 The Supreme Islamic Sharia Council, which represents the Sunni community and its leaders in Lebanon, has renewed its support for Saad Hariri, the prime minister-designate, amid an escalating dispute over the failure to form a government in the country.   After a lengthy meeting on Sat

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Nasrallah reassures on health, thanks supporters

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his health was good and thanked all who had asked after him in a televised speech on Tuesday, Reuters reported. "A human being is a human being, you get sick or tired sometimes," Nasrallah said. Nasrallah had appeared unwell in his

Hariri asks Lebanese government to pay dues to special tribunal

Saad Al-Hariri asks Lebanese government to pay dues to special tribunal and asks international community to shoulder its responsibilities — statement

Lebanon asks UN to explore ways to fund special tribunal

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, asked the UN secretary general in a letter on Friday to urgently explore ways of financing the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in light of funding difficulties.“The Government of Lebanon would be grateful to Your Excellency for urgent

Lebanon Signs Agreement to Produce Sputnik V Vaccine

Lebanon’s caretaker Industry Minister Imad Hoballah announced Monday that an agreement will be signed next week to start producing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in Lebanon. “During the second week of June, a deal will be signed to produce Sputnik vaccine in Lebanon, through Arwan Pharmac

Lebanon ramps up COVID-19 fight with vaccination marathon

 Lebanon’s health authorities Saturday launched a COVID-19 vaccination “marathon” to speed up inoculations around the country, including areas where turnout has so far been low.The daylong campaign offered AstraZeneca vaccines at 30 different centers around the country witho

WFP boosts assistance in Lebanon as economic crisis deepens

The World Food Program said on Wednesday it is tripling its assistance to Lebanon, offering cash assistance to nearly 300,000 people amid an unparalleled financial and economic crisis.Lebanon’s national currency has lost nearly 85 percent of its dollar value since late 2019, sending prices o

Saad Hariri: I will not form Lebanese cabinet catering to President Michel Aoun’s wishes

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Hariri said on Saturday he will not form a cabinet that simply caters to President Michel Aoun’s wishes.“I will not form a government as the team of his Excellency the President wants it, nor any other political faction. I will only form th

Lebanon president says PM-designate incapable of forming cabinet

Lebanon’s parliament will convene on Friday to discuss a letter written by the president saying Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri had shown he was incapable of forming a government that could pull the nation out of financial crisis.The letter, seen by Reuters, follows months of politic

Lebanese foreign affairs minister Charbel Wehbe resigns after Daesh comments

Lebanon’s foreign minister asked the president to be relieved of his duties on Wednesday, the presidency said, after his comments in a television interview strained ties with traditional Gulf Arab allies and donors.Charbel Wehbe, who is a minister in the caretaker government, suggested on Mo

Lebanese demonstrations voice backing for Palestinian cause

 Demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinians were held for the third day at the southern Lebanon border on Sunday as political and civil figures continued to call for Lebanon not to be involved in the developments in the region. The Israeli soldiers across the border in the town of Ab

Three rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon land in sea

At least three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Israel on Thursday, security forces in Lebanon said. Israel confirmed the reports but said no damage or casualties were caused. “A short while ago, three rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of north

US Treasury sanctions 7 Lebanese tied to Hezbollah finances

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed new sanctions on seven Lebanese linked to the militant Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its financial arm.The measures are the latest against Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist group and has targeted with penalties for years.The developme

French FM says Lebanon needs saving from ‘collective suicide’

France’s top diplomat wielded the threat of more sanctions in Beirut Friday to prevent what he described as a “collective suicide” organized by members of Lebanon’s ruling political class.Lebanon’s leaders had promised reform in the aftermath of a deadly explosion at

Lebanese prosecutor opens probe into central bank governor and brother

 Lebanon’s public prosecutor has launched an investigation into central bank governor Riad Salameh, a judicial source said Friday.The probe follows a Swiss legal request alleging that over $300 million had been embezzled from the bank through a company owned by Salameh’s brother.T

France’s Le Drian to head to Lebanon May 5-6 for crisis talks

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Lebanon next week to discuss the political crisis there with senior officials, two sources aware of the matter said on Friday.The trip comes after Paris said it had started putting in place measures to restrict entry to France for some Lebanese

Lebanon announces complete lockdown for Easter

The Lebanese authorities will enforce a three-day total lockdown from May 1 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during Orthodox Easter, the country's Disaster Risk Management Unit announced on Wednesday. The lockdown is the latest in a series of nationwide preventive measures aimed at avoiding larg