Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

Updated 14 April 2018
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Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

  • Aoun is expected to emphasize importance of Arab solidarity in speech
  • Lebanese president to highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon

Beirut: President Michel Aoun, who will lead the Lebanese delegation to the Arab League Summit in Dammam, “will emphasize in his speech the importance of Arab solidarity,” his spokesman Rafiq Shlala told Arab News. 

Aoun conveyed the same message at the previous summit in Jordan, and will reaffirm Lebanon’s stance regarding developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, Shlala said. 

The president will highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon, and the former’s persistent violations of the latter’s sovereignty, his spokesman added.

Aoun will also highlight the repercussions in Lebanon of hosting so many Syrian refugees, Shlala said.


Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

Updated 17 February 2019
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Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

  • Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya

BENGHAZI: Libyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi, with the varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country’s east and west.
Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya, where bands played national songs and flags lined the streets.
But festivities were much more subdued in the country’s east, with only a few people gathering at the central courthouse in Benghazi, a city that has billed itself as the birthplace of Libya’s uprising.
Libya remains largely a chaotic patchwork of territory run by militias and gangs, with rival administrations in Tripoli and the east.