Lebanon’s elections and the threat of war

Monday, 14 May 2018

As Lebanon neared the end of its elections and the announcement of its results, it was hit with two storms. The first was the storm of armed Hezbollah and Amal Movement supporters who took to the streets of Beirut under the pretext of celebrating the victory achieved by the “Shiite duo”, and the second was the US president backing out of the nuclear deal with Iran. Hezbollah and its weapons were the biggest victors in the battle as 26 Shiites out of 27 on Hezbollah and Amal electoral ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Saad Hariri tweets picture with Saudi Crown Prince, King Mohammed of Morocco

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri on Monday evening tweeted a picture showing him with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The picture has been doing the rounds on social media since then. Besides Hariri and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the photo also shows King Mohammad VI of Morocco.  

The Cedar Conference and Macron’s trust in Lebanon

Friday, 6 April 2018

On Friday, the Cedar Conference will be held in Paris as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to mobilize international support for Lebanon. It is also to show that France and the international community are keen on promoting Lebanon’s security and stability as well as to help it bear the burden of refugees living there. With the efforts of the French president and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, France has been able to draw more than 50 international ...

Randa Takieddine

The Hariri drama and Saudi Arabia

Friday, 2 March 2018

Many were surprised when Saudi Arabia invited Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to visit the kingdom, and when he welcomed the invitation! We can at least say that Hariri’s crisis proved that Saudi Arabia does not have absolute authority over any of its allies, even over Saad, the son of Rafiq Hariri who has a strong and long history of ties with the kingdom. It also proved that Saudi Arabia is a state, and not an exclusive agency for Hariri or any group or party. Unlike Saudi Arabia, ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Saad Hariri and ‘Sophie’s World’

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri participated in the first episode of a television show in which children ask whatever questions pop up in their minds. Hariri answered questions, which reminded us of the simple origins of matters much more than the questions of “presumptuous” journalists do.The program, which airs on the Lebanese MTV channel, is called The Bell Has Rung. It’s the Lebanese version of a foreign show in which students aged between 10 and 12 meet with public ...

Mashari Althaydi

Lebanon PM Hariri meets with Saudi King Salman

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and met with King Salman for the first official visit to Saudi Arabia. According to a statement from his office, Hariri was received at the airport by Saudi royal court advisor Nizar al-Aloula, Advisor Waleed Abdullah Bukhari, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry, and Lebanese Ambassador to the Saudi Kingdom Fawzi Kabara. Hariri is scheduled to meet during his visit, duration unannounced, with King Salman and Crown ...

Lebanon’s Hariri: I announced resignation from Saudi to ‘create positive shock’

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Monday that he chose Saudi Arabia to announce his resignation back in 2017 out of his intention to be “more dramatic.” The premier made his remarks while visiting a school as part of a television program. Despite the school setting, the discussions with the students did not veer away from politics. Hariri revealed that he resigned in November in order to “create a positive shock” among the Lebanese people and parties. The ...

Saudi Arabia denies reports of ‘discomfort’ over Hariri’s visit to Turkey

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A source from Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has described several media reports that Riyadh was uncomfortable with Lebanon’s prime minister’s visit to Turkey as false. The source said there was no truth to these news reports that were promoted by Qatari newspapers. “No Saudi source has issued any statements about the visit of the Lebanese prime minister to Turkey,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said in a Tweet on Wednesday. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad ...

Lebanon’s PM Saad Hariri officially rescinds his resignation

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

In a short televised speech on Tuesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri officially rescinded on his earlier resignation.“The Lebanese government said it is committed to the Taif Agreement and to a policy of self-restraint from any regional conflicts,” Hariri said.RELATED: After Saad Hariri’s return, Washington hopes for ‘calm, stability’ in LebanonHariri had announced last week that he was going to officially withdraw his resignation sometime this week if ...

After Saad Hariri’s return, Washington hopes for ‘calm, stability’ in Lebanon

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The US administration is at ease over how the situation developed in Lebanon as Prime Minister Saad Hariri returned to the country and held off his resignation to pave way for President Michel Aoun’s political efforts with cabinet members, which include Hezbollah. A spokesperson for the US State Department told that “the American administration is committed to maintaining stability and security in Lebanon,” adding that’s it concerned about the ...

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