Lebanon’s parliament approves Arms Trade Treaty

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Media Office, Lebanese lawmakers attend a legislative session, at the Lebanese parliament building, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP)
Updated 25 September 2018

Lebanon’s parliament approves Arms Trade Treaty

  • Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out of the parliament Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons of the resistance”
  • The 2014 treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms and prevent illicit trade

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament has ratified the international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.
The 2014 treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms and prevent illicit trade. Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out of the parliament Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons of the resistance.”
After Lebanon’s 15-year civil war ended in 1990, Hezbollah was allowed to keep its weapons since it was fighting Israeli forces occupying parts of southern Lebanon.
Hezbollah today has a massive arsenal including tens of thousands of rockets and missiles. The group sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to fight along President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri said after the treaty was approved that it has nothing to do with Hezbollah’s weapons.


Iraq summons Western ambassadors for condemning protest attacks

Updated 14 min 37 sec ago

Iraq summons Western ambassadors for condemning protest attacks

  • Germany, Britain, France and Canada have all raised concerns over armed groups attacking protesters

BAGHDAD: Iraq's foreign ministry Monday summoned four Western envoys for their statements condemning a weekend attack in Baghdad that left 20 anti-government demonstrators and four police officers dead.
The ambassadors of Germany, Britain and France had met with caretaker premier Adel Abdul Mahdi on Sunday, telling him that "no armed group should be able to operate outside of the control of the state".
The Canadian ambassador, too, had said the state should not allow "armed groups with special agendas" to roam free. The ministry said it had summoned all four envoys for their "unacceptable intervention in Iraq's internal affairs".