Michel Aoun

Fighting corruption top priority of Lebanon's new gov't: president

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Friday that fighting corruption will be the first priority of the new government, local media reported.<p>"We have …

News (China)

Aoun: UNIFIL must extend its mandate after Israel’s threats to Lebanon

Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, said yesterday that Israel’s persistent threats to Lebanon and the unstable conditions in the region call for an …

Middle East

Aoun Meets Trenta, Affirms Need for UNIFIL Troops

President Michel Aoun received on Tuesday at Baabda Palace, Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta leading a delegation of diplomats in the …

United Nations

Report: Lebanon Cabinet Formation Has ‘No Horizon’

Political consultations gearing up to form a new Lebanese Cabinet seem to have “no horizon” in light of lingering obstacles, mainly the one related …

South Asia

Lebanese PM: I will never go to Syria or meet Assad even if it costs me my job

Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri said that he refuses to visit Syria or meet with Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, under any circumstances, …

Middle East

Lebanon's PM-Designate Insists on Forming National Consensus Cabinet

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has said that the problems facing the formation of the government are fabricated by all those who put obstacles …

Middle East

Report: Hariri May Present 24-Minister or Technocrat Govt. after '3 10s' Rejected

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri may present a 24-minister or technocrat government format after his proposal to form a so-called “three tens” …

Public Policy

Macron to Visit Lebanon in Early 2019

French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher revealed on Friday that French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Beirut in early 2019. He made his …

François Hollande

Fears that Lebanon Strikes, Popular Demands Could Blow Out of Proportion

Protests, strikes and growing demands by labor unions are threatening the government of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri before it sees light. …

Middle East

Lebanon's Hariri says optimistic on government formation

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday he was more optimistic than before that a new government would be formed.<p>"In the coming days we will complete the positive consultations with the president ... and God willing, matters are on the way to a …

South Asia

Lebanese parliament to legalize cannabis cultivation

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced, Wednesday, “The Lebanese Parliament is preparing to study and adopt the legislation necessary to …

Cannabis

Lebanon Central Bank Governor: Monetary Conditions Stable

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh denied on Thursday reports about financial instability, saying monetary conditions in Lebanon were stable.<p>In …

Central Banks

Moussa to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Need a Cabinet Capable of Salvaging Lebanon

MP Michel Moussa, a member of Speaker Nabih Berri’s parliamentary bloc, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that the delay in Lebanon’s government …

Middle East

Lebanon's Speaker Alludes to Holding Session on Cabinet Formation Delay

Efforts to form a new government have been paralyzed by demands made by some parties for bigger shares as no breakthrough is expected in the coming …

Middle East

Hariri Underlines His Exclusive Right to Form the Government

With the ongoing stalemate in forming the new government, disagreements began to take a negative turn, especially regarding the dispute over the …

Middle East

Lebanon: Stormy Hariri-Bassil Relationship

The deal struck between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) more than 18 months ago to bring Michel Aoun into …

Middle East

Lebanon president says U.S. pullout from Iran deal will hurt Middle East

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday the U.S. withdrawal from world powers’ 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran would have negative consequences for Middle East stability.<p>FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Nov. 7, 2017. …

South Asia

Aoun Receives Final Report of EU Election Observation Mission

President Michel Aoun received the final report of the European Union's Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Lebanon that observed the May …

European Union

Kaag Meets Aoun, Says Lebanon Can Play Key Role in Region, Syria

Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag held talks Monday in Baabda with President Michel Aoun and noted that …

Middle East

Hariri Sources Say 'Ball in Christian Court'

The “ball is in the Christian court” regarding the Cabinet formation process, sources close to Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said, amid …

Middle East

Aoun Says Tourism Improved 'Thanks to Security, Stability'

President Michel Aoun underlined the need to build “the new Lebanon” and boost its economy after achieving security stability in the country. He …

Middle East

400 Syrian Refugees Leave Lebanon to Western Qalamoun

Only 400 Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Thursday from the town of Arsal to eastern Qalamoun, after the registration of some 3,000 people in the …

Middle East

Lebanon’s PM-Designate Expects Swift Government Formation

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri resumed his efforts to form the new government following his return from Saudi Arabia where he spent …

Middle East

Lebanon's Hariri signals new government near

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country’s main parties.<p>Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri gestures as he talks at the presidential palace in Baabda, …

South Asia

Germany's Merkel: Syria must be more secure before refugees return

BEIRUT (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday on a visit to Lebanon that conditions in Syria are not yet right for refugees to return, an issue which has led to a dispute between Lebanon’s foreign minister and the U.N. refugee agency.<p>Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with …

World News

Lebanon's president says phased return of Syrian refugee now possible

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday refugees in Lebanon could begin a phased return to areas of Syria that have become safe, and that should happen before a political solution is reached for the conflict.<p>Lebanese President Michel Aoun speaks during a meeting in Rome, …

Middle East

Lebanon: Anger over Soleimani’s Interference in Elections Results

In his first comments on the results of the Lebanese parliamentary elections, the leader of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, …

Middle East

Hariri Breaks Government Lineup Stalemate by Proposing Ministerial Shares

The visit of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to the Presidential Palace in Baabda on Monday to offer President Michel Aoun his perception of the …

Middle East

Lebanon: Efforts to Contain Dispute between Bassil, Amal Movement over Honorary Consuls

Efforts are underway to contain a new crisis that erupted between two ministers in the Lebanese caretaker government – Finance Minister Ali Hassan …

Middle East

Pro-Syrian Regime Officials Top Lebanon’s Controversial Naturalization Decree

Lebanon’s controversial naturalization decree has included former Syrian officials and wealthy warlords close to the Syrian regime, according to …

Middle East