Lebanon’s PM Hariri shelves resignation, easing crisis

By Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Nov 22 : Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East. Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut for the first time since he […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen

By Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Nov 20 : The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Monday his Iran-backed group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh from Yemeni territory held by Tehran-allied Houthi forces. In a televised address, Sayyed […]

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran, Hezbollah meddling

By Patrick Markey and Mohamed Abdellah CAIRO, Nov 19 : Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticised Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and […]

Lebanese president hopes Hariri visit to France will end crisis

By Sarah Dadouch and John Irish BEIRUT/PARIS, Nov 16 : Lebanon’s president said on Thursday he hoped the crisis over Saad al-Hariri’s resignation as prime minister and stay in Saudi Arabia would soon end with Hariri visiting France. On Wednesday France invited Hariri and his family to Paris, providing what French diplomats have described as […]

Lebanese president presses Saudi to say why Hariri has not returned

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT, Nov 12 : Lebanon’s president called on Saudi Arabia on Saturday to clarify why Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri could not return home, a week after he stunned his country by resigning while in the kingdom. A senior Lebanese official said President Michel Aoun had told foreign ambassadors Hariri had been […]

Lebanese president calls on Saudi to explain why Hariri has not returned

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT, Nov 11 : Lebanon’s president called on Saudi Arabia on Saturday to clarify why Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri could not return home, a week after he stunned his home country by announcing his resignation while in the kingdom. A senior Lebanese official said President Michel Aoun had told foreign ambassadors […]