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.


Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

Updated 19 July 2019
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Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

  • Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil
  • Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is suspected to be involved in the killing

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defense minister said.
The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed.
There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.
“Following the evil attack in Irbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organization,” defense minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
Targets such as “armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists” were destroyed.
“Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralized and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged,” he added.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey.
But Turkey has been conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign since May in the mountainous northern region to root out the PKK which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Earlier this month, the PKK announced that one of those raids killed senior PKK leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed along with two other fighters.
A spokesman for the PKK’s armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.