Macron, Tillerson meet in Paris to support Lebanese PM Hariri

Friday, 8 December 2017

Lebanon’s prime minister appealed for support for his country from world powers on Friday at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon’s institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis with regional and international implications. Just before the gathering got underway, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed America’s backing for Lebanon’s “sovereignty, stability and independence,” while French President Emmanuel Macron called on Mideast ...

Macron in Qatar to discuss terror financing

Thursday, 7 December 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Qatar on Thursday for an hours-long trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. Immediately after landing, Macron traveled to the vast al-Udeid Air Base, home to some 10,000 American troops and the forward headquarters of the US military’s Central Command. France also has a contingent of soldiers at the base, which is crucial to the ongoing fight against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria and to the war in Afghanistan. Macron ...

Chad, an African dike against terrorism

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Levantine woman who was part of a delegation to Russia told me that during their meeting with President Vladimir Putin, he honestly told them: “If you want democracy, go to the US and if you want security and stability that protect the economy of your rich state, talk to us.” The horrific massacre which recently happened in Sinai reflects much of this logic. Democracy cannot flourish amid terrorist threats that are present in every corner. The West won against ISIS in Iraq and ...

Huda al-Husseini

Hariri: Lebanon no longer tolerates Hezbollah's intervention in the Gulf

Friday, 1 December 2017

In an exclusive interview with French-language weekly news magazine Paris Match, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri spoke about his resignation, Iran, Hezbollah and rumors he was detained in Saudi Arabia. Regarding the claims stated by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Saad Hariri said: “Many stories have been told but if I had been detained, I would not be here in Beirut today. Before that, I was able to go to Paris, Egypt, Cyprus. I was free.” When asked about his resignation and ...

Macron embarrasses Burkina Faso’s President Kabore: ‘He left to fix the AC’

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

After a routine speech that the French President Emmanuel Macron began in the company of his African counterpart during his Burkina Faso trip, he ended his speech on a humorous tone. However, the joke may not have gone well with the Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who exited the hall. The incident took place before a gathering of students at the University of Ouagadougou. The students asked the French President to help provide them with electricity, but the French president ...

WATCH: Macron gives shocking response to Moroccan woman

Friday, 24 November 2017

A young Moroccan woman did not expect to receive a shocking response from French President Emmanuel Macron when she asked him to help her stay in France to be with her sick parents. She asked him to help her get a residency, but he told her to return home if she was not at risk. The conversation was captured by French media during a visit to a volunteer center in Paris on Tuesday. The woman had entered France on an expired commercial visa, and she sought Macron to help her with getting a ...

The semblance of Chirac’s leadership style in Macron

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Those who followed former French President Jacques Chirac’s era will see much of his diplomatic approach in the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. Chirac adopted a form of personal diplomacy where he built relations on the basis of personal and close knowledge of world leaders.This successful approach was adopted throughout Chirac’s term in office, not only with late Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri, but also with the King of Morocco Hassan II.Yasser Arafat called him Dr. Chirac, ...

Randa Takieddine

Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

Saturday, 18 November 2017

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron said he wanted Iran to clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program. Macron also said he would welcome Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister and expected him to return ...

Elysee: Macron invites Hariri and family to France

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family to France, the French presidency said on Wednesday, seeking to defuse a brewing crisis in the Middle East. Hariri announced his abrupt resignation as premier 11 days ago from the Saudi capital Riyadh, propelling Lebanon to the front of a regional contest for power between Saudi Arabia and Iran. "After speaking with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad ...

In Abu Dhabi, France’s Macron says must remain firm with Iran

Thursday, 9 November 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he wanted to remain firm with Iran regarding its ballistic missile program and influence in the Middle East, but warned regional countries against exacerbating rising tensions. The French leader arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for a two-day visit that will see him inaugurate a new Louvre museum, hold talks on the geopolitical situation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, before ending his trip in ...

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