FOREIGN MINISTRY CONDEMNS NUSEIRAT CAMP MASSACRE


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, in a statement, the recent massacre committed by Israel in the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of hundreds of martyrs and left numerous others wounded, two days after it targeted an UNRWA school housing displaced Palestinians in the same camp, where dozens of citizens were martyred, and others were injured, most of them women, children and the elderly.

The Foreign Ministry considered that “these attacks constitute a serious and clear violation of international humanitarian law and international legitimacy resolutions, which prolongs this crisis and undermines any chance for a just and comprehensive solution that allows the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, based on international legitimacy resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the two-state solution.”

The Ministry called on the international community and the United Nations to ‘move immediately and decisively to stop these massacres and attacks, put an
end to this humanitarian catastrophe, and put pressure on Israel to comply with the relevant international legitimacy resolutions and international humanitarian law.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

BASSIL: WHAT HAPPENED WITH MOUNT LEBANON’S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR IS AN ILLEGAL ASSAULT ON A KEY POSITION


Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, said after meeting with Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi that “starting our movement from the patriarchal edifice is an obvious and natural matter. We anticipated [the presidential vacancy] from Diman two years ago, and we informed Patriarch Al-Rahi that we were not candidates for facilitation, and I asked him to bring us together as Christians to be proactive, not reactive, but the rest of the parties did not respond.”

MP Bassil added: “When nominating Jihad Azour, I informed Patriarch Al-Rahi that we must have a plan for the next day if they disrupt the quorum and the vacuum continues.”

Bassil pointed out that what happened with the Prosecutor General of Mount Lebanon was an extralegal assault on a key position, in addition to her fight against corruption.

‘There is ambiguity because some do not understand the extent of the danger and are happy to consider what happened as a blow to the movement [FPM], but this is a blow to depositors and to e
veryone who is trying not to repeat the experience of stealing our money,” Bassil went on.

Finally, he indicated that “after October 7, we took action and we saw at this stage that there are new initiatives. Therefore, we are making an effort to agree on a consensual president based on two conditions: building the state and protecting Lebanon. These people are there if we really want to elect a president.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

JUSTICE MINISTER’S BUREAU: WE WILL WORK WITHIN OUR POWERS TO RESOLVE EVERY DISPUTE THAT IMPACTS JUDICIAL WORK’S PROGRESS


The office of Caretaker Justice Minister, Henry Khoury, confirmed in an issued statement today that the Minister will work, within his powers, to resolve every dispute that affects the progress of judicial work.

This comes in the wake of what is happening between the Public Prosecution of Cassation and the Public Prosecution of Appeal Courts.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

FRENCH COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN LEBANON CAST THEIR VOTES TO ELECT THEIR EU PARLIAMENT REPRESENTATIVES


The voting process for members of the French community in Lebanon ended at 6:00 p.m. today, to elect their French representatives in the European Parliament (around 81 French MPs out of 720).

The voting process began at 8:00 o’clock this morning at the French Cultural Center, with about 2,861 voters participating out of 18,000 registered voters. The percentage of voters reached about 15.9% who were distributed among approximately 37 lists.

The vote count will be done manually and the results will be sent to the French Ministry of the Interior.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

FRANJIEH: IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE WITH THE THEORY OF PRESIDENT AOUN & FPM, THEN LEBANESE FORCES CHIEF OUGHT TO BE THEIR NATURAL CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENCY


Head of the ‘Marada’ Movement, Sleiman Franjieh, considered that ‘being Christians means preserving the free economic system and restoring confidence in the banking sector,’ and ‘to be Christians in Lebanon implies being Lebanese who give and sacrifice for Lebanon, and if Lebanon is in danger, we will all be Lebanese, united and with one heart…’

In his address today marking the 46th commemoration of the Ehden massacre on June 13, 1978, Franjieh said: ‘In the history of the First Republic, the Maronites gave Lebanon the best figures for the Presidency of the Republic, Bshara El-Khoury, Camille Chamoun, Fouad Chehab, Sleiman Franjieh…and during their reign, Lebanon was prosperous and witnessed its golden age.’

He recalled that former President Sleiman Franjieh was not the strongest Christian in the late sixties, nor did he enjoy a popular majority at that time like Sheikh Pierre Gemayel and President Chamoun. However, despite that fact, members of the Parliament Council back then elected Sleiman Franjieh
as President of the Republic, as he explained.

Franjieh continued to indicate that after the Taif Agreement, the concept of the Presidency of the Republic changed and so did the nature of the system, whereby the president became more of an arbiter than the actual head of the executive authority, and a large portion of Christians complained about the decline in the role of the president and his ability to influence the political system.

He went on to explain that after 2005, the team of former President Michel Aoun put forward an equation which implied that the President of the Republic must be the one with most representation among the Christians, similar to the Parliament Speaker who represents the Shiites the most and the Prime Minister who represents the Sunnis the most… ‘This equation was translated in 2014 in the meeting in Bkirki, in which I participated…I had clear and frank observations in characterizing and classifying the strong president, yet despite that, I agreed so that it would not be sai
d that I stood against consensus and harmony,’ Franjieh explained.

At this current stage, Franjieh considered that if we were to comply with such a formula and the logic of President Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement, then the Lebanese Forces Chief Samir Geagea ought to be FPM’s natural candidate for presidency.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

HM the King Congratulates Jordan’s Sovereigns on 25th Anniversary of Their Accession to Throne


His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania, Sovereigns of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their accession to the throne.

In this message, His Majesty the King expresses, in his personal name and on behalf of the Moroccan people, His warmest congratulations to the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Jordan on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their accession to the throne, praying God to grant them good health, happiness and long life, and to perpetuate prosperity and well-being over the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under their wise leadership.

The Sovereign says he is ‘proud of the exceptional and close relations that unite our two countries, ties that we constantly and mutually aspire to strengthen further in various fields and at all levels’, in the interests of our two brotherly peoples.

His Majesty the King renews His congratulations as well as His warmest greetings to all members of
the noble Royal Family of Jordan and His best wishes to the brotherly Jordanian people.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

“ISLAMIC RESISTANCE” CONFRONTS VIOLATING ENEMY WARPLANE WITH SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES

The Islamic Resistance announced in a communiqué this evening that in support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, the Resistance air defense units responded with surface-to-air missiles to an enemy Israeli warplane as it violated the Lebanese airspace in the southern region, forcing it to retreat behind the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon