"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

New Saudi Ambassador Arrives in Beirut- Naharnet

The new Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid al-Yaaqoub, arrived Monday in Beirut to assume his duties, amid high Saudi-Lebanese and Saudi-Iranian tensions, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.
The envoy was welcomed at the Rafik Hariri International Airport by acting protocol director at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry Assaf Doumit and the ambassadors of Kuwait, the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Algeria and Sudan.
Saudi charge d'affaires Walid al-Bukhari and the Saudi embassy's staff were also present at the reception.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hizbullah Hails Hariri Moves Describes Them as 'Positive'- Naharnet

Hizbullah has welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to suspend his resignation pending talks describing his move as “positive.”
Hariri, who returned from a mysterious nearly three-week-long stay abroad, had caused widespread perplexity on November 4 when he resigned during a TV broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing assassination threats as well as the negative impact on Lebanon and the region of Hizbullah and its Iranian patrons.
After a puzzling mini-odyssey that took him to France, Egypt and Cyprus, Hariri arrived back in his homeland on Tuesday and then announced that he was putting his decision to quit on hold ahead of negotiations. 
Hizbullah's parliamentary group said in a statement Thursday that the party was "very satisfied with the political developments".
"The return of the head of government, his positive comments and the consultations offer a glimpse of a return to normalcy," it said.
Hariri, a 47-year-old Sunni politician whose family made its fortune in Saudi Arabia and whose Future Movement is supported by Riyadh, said upon his return that Lebanon should remain neutral in the region.

Jumblat Replies to Jafari's Comments, Says Lebanon Rejects 'Iranian Dictates'- Naharnet

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denounced on Friday what he described as “Iranian dictates” assuring that the Lebanese are well aware of their own interests and able to address their own affairs.
“As the Lebanese have disapproved the unusual manner that some Saudi circles have used in dealing with (PM) Sheikh Saad, we reject this Iranian dictates by the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Mohammed Ali Jafari” said Jumblat in a tweet on Friday.
“The Lebanese have the experience and know-how to deal with their issues through dialogue,” added the MP.
On Thursday, Jafari said the issue of Hizbullah's arms is "non-negotiable." He said Lebanon remains Israel's first target, adding that therefore Hizbullah should be armed against it to maintain security in Lebanon.
"It is natural that Hizbullah should be equipped with the best weapons for its security. This issue is not negotiable, and all of Lebanon, except a number of little puppets, support the arming of Hizbullah," he said, according to comments in the Iranian semi-official Fars news agency.
Jumblat, head of the Democratic Gathering bloc, had met with Hariri Thursday evening at the Center House accompanied by MP Wael Abu Faour and in the presence of Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury.
“We, the country and Sheikh Saad went through an exceptional situation but of course it was solved wisely and politically, thanks to the wisdom of Sheikh Saad and all parties in Lebanon, if not all at least the majority. Now we have a new start,” Jumblat had stated.

Astana 8 20 Aralıktan Sonra Düzenlenebilir- SANA

ASTANA – Kazakistan Dışişleri Bakan Yardımcısı Akılbek Kemalettinov; Suriye konulu Astana görüşmelerinin 8 turunun 20 Aralık tarihinden sonra düzenlenebileceğini ilan etti.
Kemalettinov bugün yaptığı ve Sputnik Ajansının aktardığı açıklamalarında; Astana görüşmelerinde garantör ülkeler Rusya, İran ve Türkiye’nin Astana 8 turunun 20 Aralık tarihinden sonra yapılmasını isteyebileceklerini ifade etti. Kazak yetkili fakat kesin tarihin henüz belirlenmediğini kaydetti.

Putin ve Lavrov’un Gündeminde Suriye Var- SANA

MOSKOVA – Rusya Başkanlık Sarayı Kremlinin sözcüsü Dmitri Peskov Rusya Başkanı Vladimir Putin’in Rus Milli Güvenlik Konseyi daimi üyeleriyle bir araya gelerek Soçi’de İran ve Türkiye başkanları ile düzenlediği üçlü zirve sonuçları ışığında Suriye’deki krizin siyasi çözüm ufuklarını görüştüğünü ilan etti.
Rus Haber Ajansı Sputnik’in aktardığı açıklamalarında Peskov; toplantıda, Putin’in bu hafta yabancı konuklarla temasları ve telefon görüşmeleri dahil bulunduğu tüm uluslar arası görüşmeler ışığında ayrıntılı olarak görüş alış verişi yapıldığını aktardı.
Peskov toplantıda Soçi’de üçlü zirve sonuçları dikkate alınarak Suriye’deki krizin siyasi çözümüne ilişkin meselelere odaklanıldığını belirtti.
Lavrov: Soçi’de Yapılacak Konferans Kapsamlı Diyalogun Girişi Olabilir
Diğer yandan Rusya Dışişleri Bakanı Sergey Lavrov; Soçi’de yapılması beklenen Suriyeliler arası diyalog konferansının, Suriyeliler arasında kapsamlı ve önkoşulsuz bir diyalogun kapısını oluşturabileceğini belirtti.
BM’nin Suriye özel temsilcisi Staffan de Mistura ile bugün Moskova’da temasları sırasında Lavrov; Rusya, İran ve Türkiye arasındaki işbirliğinin Suriye’de gerilimi azaltma bölgeleri anlaşmalarının yapılması, ülke genelinde çatışmaların durdurulup durumların düzelmesi ve Suriyeliler arasında diyalogun başlamasına katkı sağladığını ifade etti.
Lavrov BMGK kararları kapsamında ve BM gözetimi altında Suriyeliler arasında diyalogun ilerletilmesi yönünde çabaların devam edeceğini söyledi.

Şaban Pekin’de Temaslarını Sürdürüyor- SANA

PEKİN – Cumhurbaşkanlığı Siyasi ve Basın Danışmanı Büseyna Şaban Çin Halk Cumhuriyeti dışişleri bakanlığının resmi daveti üzerine Pekin’e bulunduğu iş ziyaretinde Dışişleri Bakanı Wang Yi ile bir araya geldi.
Wang görüşmenin başlangıcında Şi Cinping’in yeniden parti genel sekreteri ve devlet başkanlığına seçilmesinden dolayı kutlama mesajı gönderen Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el Esad’a şükranlarını ifade etti.
Suriye’nin maruz kaldığı uluslar arası savaşa işaret eden Wang; Cumhurbaşkanı el Esad’ın oldukça karmaşık uluslar arası ve dahili koşullar içinde Suriye ve halkının güvenlik ve onurunu korumak için harcadığı üstün çabaların takdire şayan olduğunu belirtti.
Şaban ise görüşmede Suriye’nin, Çin Başkanı Şİ’nin öne sürdüğü vizyona ilgi duyduğuna dikkat çekerken, bu vizyonun tüm insanlığı savaş ve anlaşmazlıklardan kurtarabileceğini ifade etti.
Aynı Yol ve Aynı Kemer girişimi konusunda ise Şaban; bunun sadece ekonomik bir proje sayılmadığını, aynı zamanda insanlığa hizmet eden kültürel, insani ve ideolojik bir proje olmasıyla Suriye’nin desteğini kaydetti.
Wang ülkesinin bundan duyduğu memnuniyete işaret ederken, İpek Yolunun önemli bir devleti olan Suriye’nin sahip olduğu kilit rol ve konuma dikkat çekti.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Timeline of Hariri's resignation- Daily Star

Nov. 23, 2017: Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc expresses its “great satisfaction” with recent political developments in Lebanon. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 23, 2017: The Future Movement parliamentary bloc expresses its relief following the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 23, 2017: Hariri receives a message from U.S. President Donald Trump congratulating Lebanon on its Independence Day . To read the full story, click here
Nov. 23, 2017: In a series of meetings with high-ranking officials Hariri reaffirms his stance that Lebanon must maintain brotherly relations with Arab countries. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 23, 2017: Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh says that Lebanon will have a growth rate of 2.5 percent in 2017, despite fears of economic instability following Hariri's resignation. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 22, 2017: Hariri postpones his resignation upon the request of President Michel Aoun. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 22, 2017: Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Hariri assemble at Shafiq Wazzan Avenue in Beirut's Central District to watch a military parade celebrating Independence Day. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 21, 2017: Hariri arrives in Beirut for the first time since his resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 21, 2017: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that Hezbollah’s weapons are for defensive purposes only in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron. For the full story, click here
Nov. 21, 2017: Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun urges his soldiers to remain alert during a speech commemorating Lebanon’s 74th Independence Day. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 20, 2017: Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit says Lebanon will not be a battleground for clashes between Iran and Arab states, after Aoun rejected the suggestion that the Lebanese government was a partner to terrorism. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 20, 2017: Hariri says he is planning to return to Beirut this week after visiting Egypt. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 19, 2017: Foreign ministers from Arab states designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization during an emergency meeting. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 19, 2017: Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah plans to give a speech Monday evening. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 19, 2017: Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris are scheduled for early December. To read the full story, click here.  
Nov. 19, 2017: Hariri’s office says the prime minister will travel to Egypt on Tuesday to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 18, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the current situation in Lebanon and agree on curbing Hezbollah’s influence. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 18, 2017: Macron talks with President Michel Aoun, discussing sending an envoy to brief the Lebanese president on the details of a recent meeting Macron held with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 18, 2017: Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives at Elysee Palace to meet Macron. To read the full story, click here.  
Nov. 18, 2017: Saudi Arabia withdraws its ambassador to Berlin, following the German foreign minister’s announcement that "Germany stands firmly by Lebanon's side.” To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 18, 2017: Hariri tells President Michel Aoun he will be in Lebanon by Wednesday. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 18, 2017: Hariri meets Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Chief of Staff Nader Hariri in Paris. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 17, 2017: Hariri and his family leave Saudi Arabia for Paris. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 17, 2017: Qatar's foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani compares Saudi Arabia’s political maneuvers in Lebanon to the Arab nations’ boycott of his country. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 17, 2017: Prime Minister Saad Hariri says that his forenight-long stay in Saudi Arabia was to carry out consultations on Lebanon’s future in the region. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 17, 2017: Future Movement MP Oqab Saqr says that Hariri will travel to France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron Friday afternoon. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 17, 2017: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says certain Lebanese are responsible for the political crisis following Hariri's resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Hezbollah had been obstructing the political process in Lebanon, “hand in hand with Iran.” To read the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: Bassil says working against Hariri would threaten the country’s stability and lead to a rise in extremism. For the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: Jubeir says Hezbollah must disarm for Lebanon to stabilize. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 16, 2017: Hariri meets with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh. For the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: The Lebanese Forces denies that its leader Samir Geagea attempted to replace Hariri, following reports from Al-Akhbar. For the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: Hariri says he will not be answering questions regarding details of his plans to travel to France. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 16, 2017: Jubeir says the claims that Hariri is detained in the kingdom are completely baseless. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 16, 2017: President Aoun reaffirms Lebanon’s commitment to the official dissociation policy, which distances the country from regional conflicts. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 16, 2017: Al-Joumhouria reports that some from the March 14 movement believe Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is attempting to turn opinions against Saudi Arabia during his visit to Europe. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 16, 2017: Al-Akhbar reports that there was a failed attempt within March 14 to replace Prime Minister Saad Hariri. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 15, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron invites Hariri and his family to France. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Hariri’s brother Bahaa breaks his silence to express his support for the prime minister’s resignation and his criticism of Iran. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Bassil says that other countries should not equate the Lebanese people with Hezbollah. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Speaker Nabih Berri says Hariri should reconsider his resignation when he returns to Lebanon. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 15, 2017: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Lebanon’s affairs is unprecedented. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Hariri tweets: "I want to repeat and confirm that I am a totally fine and will return, God willing, to beloved Lebanon as I promised you, you'll see.” To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Aoun says Riyadh has carried out an act of aggression towards Lebanon, adopting an increasingly tough rhetorical stance against the kingdom. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 15, 2017: Reports say that Mohammad bin Salman has signaled his displeasure at the complaints voiced by some Lebanese politicians to Western countries. To read the full story, click here.
Nov. 14, 2017: Bassil begins a series of talks with European officials, and France’s prime minister says Hariri must be able to return to Lebanon. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 14, 2017: Hariri takes to twitter, saying, “I am fine and God willing I am coming back in the coming days. Let us remain calm,” noting, "My family is staying in their country, Saudi Arabia." To read the full story, click here.  
Nov. 14, 2017: Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s media office dismisses claims by Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei international affairs advisor, that Hariri had hoped to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 14, 2017: Patriarch Rai meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Hariri  in Riyadh. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: France, Germany and the EU on Monday called for an end to external interference in Lebanon. For the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: The Future Movement voices its commitment to Lebanon’s policy of dissociation and criticized Iranian interference in the country’s domestic affairs. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: Kataeb Party head Sami Gemayel calls for a solution to Lebanon’s political crisis, rather than another settlement. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 13, 2017: Patriarch Rai lands in Riyadh Monday evening in the first official visit by the church in its history. For the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: Berri says that justice was served when Hariri opened the door to withdraw his resignation. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: Hariri meets with European and Saudi diplomats at his Riyadh residence. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 13, 2017: Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea says the political settlement that formed the current government could be saved if Hezbollah withdraws from regional conflicts. To read the full story, click here.  
Nov. 13, 2017: Saudi Arabian Charge d’Affaires in Lebanon tweets a picture ridiculing the rumors that Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia. For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 13, 2017: Aoun says Hariri comments in his Future TV interview show that the political settlement that underpins the coalition government still stands. For the full story, click here
Nov. 12, 2017: Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon very soon, and talks of his resignation in an interview with Future TV. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 12, 2017: Saudi requests a extraordinary meeting of the Arab League to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the region. For the full story, click here
Nov. 12, 2017: Aoun says anything that Hariri says from Saudi Arabia should be doubted ahead of the Prime Minister’s interview with Future TV. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 12, 2017: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk calls for the removal of all political posters in Tripoli after a poster of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was burnt over the weekend. To read the full story, click here
Nov. 12, 2017: Runners and onlookers at the Beirut Marathon call for the return of Hariri. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 11, 2017: Egypt's President Sisi dispatches Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to tour Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia to discuss regional developments and Hariri’s resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: The Future bloc comes to the defense of Saudi Arabia, lauding the kingdom’s “love and loyalty [evident in] its historical role in supporting Lebanon.” For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: Hariri participates in a ceremony welcoming Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz back to Riyadh after the king’s visit to Medina. For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: The White House says Hariri has been a trusted partner in strengthening institutions, fighting terrorism and protecting refugees. For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: The Saudi Arabian embassy in Lebanon denies reports that the Saudi charge d'affaires said Hariri could leave if he wanted. For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: Saudi charge d'affaires says Hariri may not return to Lebanon for security reasons and says his movements are not restricted. For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: Aoun says that the Hariri’s decisions are a “result of the dubious and mysterious situation that he is living [through] in the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia].” For the full story, click here
Nov. 11, 2017: Sabhan tweets “very funny” in response to the speech by Hezbollah leader Nasrallah. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 11, 2017: Macron reaffirms his government’s support for Lebanon’s unity, sovereignty and stability in a phone call to Aoun. For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns countries against using Lebanon for "proxy conflicts." For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is "very worried" by the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: Nasrallah considers Hariri's resignation "void" until he returns. For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: Hariri meets with Saudi Arabia's Russian and Italian ambassadors at his Riyadh residence. For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: Aoun tells Saudi Arabian Charge d’Affaires Walid Bukhari that the manner of Hariri's resignation was "unacceptable." For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 10, 2017: Aoun meets with ambassadors from the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Qatar. For the full story, click here
Nov. 10, 2017: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian believes Hariri is not under house arrest and is free to move. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: Jubeir says Hezbollah is using Lebanon as a base of attack against Saudi Arabia. For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 9, 2017: Macron meets with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh, he had informal contact with Hariri during his visit. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait warns its nationals against traveling to Lebanon and asks those in the country to leave as soon as possible. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: The Future Movement calls for the immediate return of Hariri to Lebanon. For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 9, 2017: Bassil says that the people of Lebanon should be the arbiters of their country’s leadership. For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 9, 2017: Hariri meets Saudi Arabia’s French ambassador and head of EU delegation at his Riyadh residence, and reportedly met with the United States Charge d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia and British Ambassador. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: A source close to Aoun says the president will “change his tone” if Hariri does not return to Lebanon. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he is opposed to military action on Iran or Hezbollah. For the full story, click here
Nov. 9, 2017: Hariri’s private plane returns to Lebanon, while the Prime Minister remained in Suadi Arabia. For the full story, click here
Nov. 8, 2017: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticizes Saudi Arabia over "unprecedented" interference in Lebanese affairs.  For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 8, 2017: Berri says that Hariri’s resignation was unconstitutional. For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 8, 2017: Aoun says Hariri is still the Prime Minister of Lebanon. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 8, 2017: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will "not hesitate" to help maintain the stability of Lebanon. For the full story, click here
Nov. 8, 2017: Macron plans to discuss the situation in Lebanon during his visit to the United Arab Emirates. For the full story, click here
Nov. 7, 2017: The U.S. State Department said it was not aware that Hariri would resign.  For the full story, click here.  
Nov. 7, 2017: Hariri’s Future Movement said that the party is waiting for the Prime Minister return. For the full story, click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls Aoun to discuss developments after Hariri's resignation. For the full story click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Hariri returns to Riyadh after meeting with Abu Dhabi’s Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. For the full story click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Aoun holds a series of meetings to promote government stability and national unity. For the full story click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Bassil says that the shock resignation could be turned into an opportunity for Lebanon. For the full story click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Hariri leaves Riyadh for Abu Dhabi to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. For the full story click here
Nov. 7, 2017: Moody’s Investor Service says that Hariri’s resignation threatens Lebanon’s credit rating. For the full story click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Jubeir denies that the kingdom forced Hariri’s resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Sabhan tells Al-Arabiya that the Saudi king briefed Hariri regarding Hezbollah’s aggression against the kingdom, and said, “We will not accept Lebanon being part of a war against Saudi Arabia.” For the full story click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Berri returns from Egypt to meet with Aoun and says it is still too early to talk about the resignation of the government. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Solidere shares fall more than 7 percent in the aftermath of the resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk says he has the “impression” Hariri will return to Beirut within the coming days. For the full story, click here.
Nov. 6, 2017: Salameh says the market is normal and there are no threats to the Lebanese pound. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Hariri meets with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, in a sit-down attended by the kingdom's ministers of interior and foreign affairs, as well as Sabhan. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Saudi Minister of State for Arab Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan says that Lebanon will never be the same after Hariri’s resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Finance Minister Khalil reiterates that the impact of the resignation on the Lebanese economy will be “contained.” For the full story, click here
Nov. 6, 2017: Aoun says that national security and political stability represent a “red line.” For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Hariri tweets a picture of himself and the new Saudi Arabian ambassador to Lebanon – the premier’s first tweet since his resignation announcement. For the full story click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah urges calm following Hariri’s resignation, which Nasrallah says he regards as a Saudi decision. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Information Minister Melhem Riachi discusses Hariri’s resignation with his Saudi Arabian counterpart in Riyadh. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora says that Hariri resigned because of his “bitter experience” trying to achieve national consensus. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Samir Geagea claims that Hariri resigned due to the government’s inability to effectively exercise its powers. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Berri calls for consensus between various political forces in Lebanon, during a meeting with the Egyptian president. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim and the Lebanese Army say they had no evidence to suggest there had been assassination plots against Hariri. For the full story, click here
Nov. 5, 2017: Aoun says he will wait for Hariri to return to Lebanon before he makes a decision regarding the prime minister’s resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Aoun postpones his trip to Kuwait. For the full story, click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi says Hariri’s resignation will create tension in Lebanon and the region. For the full story, click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil says the Lebanese economy is not in danger. For the full story click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Al-Arabiya reports that an attempt on Hariri’s life had been foiled in Beirut earlier in the week.For the full story, click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Lebanese officials – including politicians from Hariri’s own party – express their surprise at the resignation. For the full story, click here
Nov. 4, 2017: Hariri announces his resignation citing Iranian over-extension in the region and fears of assassination. To read the full speech, click here
Nov. 3, 2017: Prime Minister Saad Hariri flies to Riyadh on his second visit to the Saudi Arabian capital within a week. For the full story, click here.