Lebanese Druze politician Jumblatt: time for Hariri to return

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
Updated 10 November 2017
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Lebanese Druze politician Jumblatt: time for Hariri to return

BEIRUT: Top Lebanese Druze politician Walid Jumblatt said on Friday it was time that Saad Al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Saturday while in Saudi Arabia, returned to Lebanon and there was no alternative to him.
Jumblatt said in a Twitter post that after a week of absence from Lebanon, “be it forced or voluntary,” it was “time for Sheikh Saad to return.” “By the way, there is no alternative to him,” he said.


Iran indicates talks with US on nuclear program unlikely

Updated 19 July 2018
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Iran indicates talks with US on nuclear program unlikely

  • Trump earlier this year pulled America out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon
  • Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff claims the president rejected eight requests from President Donald Trump last year for one-on-one talks

TEHRAN, Iran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff claims the president rejected eight requests from President Donald Trump last year for one-on-one talks.
It’s the latest comment from Tehran suggesting Iran isn’t prepared to embark on bilateral negotiations with Washington.
Trump earlier this year pulled America out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. He said last week that with increased American sanctions, “at a certain point they’re going to call me and say ‘let’s make a deal.’“
State-owned IRAN newspaper quoted Rouhani’s chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi saying Thursday that “it’s been the reverse, so far,” with Trump seeking to initiate talks.
He says Iran rejected the requests from the US for the two presidents to meet at last year’s UN General Assembly meeting.