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.


Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

Updated 46 min 33 sec ago
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Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

  • Some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security, Abdollahian says

BEIRUT: “Lebanon must be kept out of all regional crises,” said Iran’s Shoura Council assistant speaker for international affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a surprise visit to Beirut on Wednesday.

“We say at the top of our voice that Iran and its allies will not allow the Zionist entity and the US to damage the region’s security.”

Following his meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Abdollahian said that Tehran “is convinced that the security of Lebanon is the security of the region and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Abdollahian added that “some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security.”

He described his talks with Berri as “good and constructive.”

“We will not allow Israel, US to interfere with regional security.”

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s Shoura Council official

Abdollahian said: “We have come today to reaffirm that Iran fully supports the people, army, resistance and government of Lebanon, and we look forward to developing relations between our two countries until they reach the highest levels.”

He said he believes that the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are for “domestic consumption,” accusing him of “making some moves in the region that are not in his favor.”

Netanyahu responded to a message from Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday by threatening Hezbollah during Israel’s Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu said: “Let me be clear that if Hezbollah dares to commit an act of stupidity and attack Israel, we will deal a crushing military blow on Lebanon. But unlike Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans. It would be enough to recall that, for years, Nasrallah dug terror tunnels, and we demolished them within a few days.”