Hariri to return to Paris Friday for Lebanon meeting

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri speaks after a cabinet meeting in Baabda near Beirut, Lebanon on December 5, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 05 December 2017
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Hariri to return to Paris Friday for Lebanon meeting

PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.
“The aim is to support the political process (in Lebanon) at a crucial moment,” the French foreign ministry said, minutes after Hariri announced he had rescinded his resignation.
“It will send a message both to the various parties in Lebanon and to countries in the region,” the ministry added.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — will be represented at the meeting, along with Germany, Italy and Egypt.
French officials said the goal was to shore up Lebanese institutions, by strengthening the army and supporting Hariri’s economic program, with a view to encouraging foreign investment in the country.


Iran launches air maneuvers near Strait of Hormuz

Updated 37 min 36 sec ago
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Iran launches air maneuvers near Strait of Hormuz

  • The drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.
Friday’s report says the drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets, including US-made F-4, French Mirage and Russian Sukhoi-22 planes. Five logistics and combat helicopters are also taking part in the exercise over the Arabian Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman.
It says the maneuver is a warning to Iran’s enemies that they face a quick, “stern response” in case of force toward Iran.
The exercise is part of annual manifestations on the anniversary of the start of the eight-year war Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched against Iran in 1980.