GEAGEA SAYS RESISTANCE AXIS DELAYING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AWAITING COURSE OF REGIONAL EVENTS


Lebanese Forces Party Chief, Samir Geagea, believed that ‘Lebanon’s glory was achieved by the patriarch and his predecessors, and was not given to them by anyone.’

On the presential dossier, he stressed that ‘the axis of resistance, out of preconception and determination, is disrupting the presidential elections for two reasons: the first is its inability to secure a majority for its candidate, and the second is waiting for the course of events in the region to know how to act internally, given that Lebanon is ranked 17th on their list of priorities…”

“Everything that happens in the region is of most importance to them, and Lebanon comes after that,” he said.

Geagea continued to point out: “Our goal is not the victory of one party over another, but rather the victory of right…Therefore, we do not accept in any way that our rights be taken away or wasted, and we reject any party seizing the rights of others.”

He added: ‘We do not want to gain victory over anyone, but at the same time we will not accept
that any party uses an illegal weapon in its possession, believing that with this weapon it can overwhelm us or force us to take positions we do not want to take. No, these days are over….with no return!”

Geagea’s words came during the dinner banquet held yesterday by the head of the Union of Municipalities of the Bsharri District, Elie Makhlouf, at his Bekaa Kafra home in honor of Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, on the occasion of Saint Charbel’s Day, in the presence of MP Strida Geagea, former MP Joseph Ishak, and senior officials and dignitaries from the region.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

(*) MIKATI MEETS WITH HIS IRAQI COUNTERPART


Prime Minister Najib Mikati met this morning in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani.

The meeting was followed by expanded talks which included on the Lebanese side Caretaker Ministers of Industry, Agriculture, Public Works and Transport, Energy and Water, as well as Lebanon’s Ambassador to Iraq, the President of the General Corporation for the Promotion of Investments in Lebanon (IDAL) and the Deputy Director General of State Security.

Participating on the Iraqi side were the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil, Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works, Ministers of Agriculture and Industry and Minerals, the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Undersecretary of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, and Chargé d’Affairs of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut.

The expanded talks will be followed by a bilateral meeting between PM Mikati and President al-Sudani, and then a press conference.

Mikati and his accompanying delegation had arrived this mo
rning in the Iraqi capital on an official visit, where they were received at Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Oil Minister, Hayan Abdul Ghani.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

MIKATI MEETS HIS IRAQI COUNTERPART IN BAGHDAD: WE CONFIRMED THE CONTINUATION OF WORK ON ECONOMIC & TRADE EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS, RAISING LEVEL OF SECURITY COORDINATION

Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani held a bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Baghdad on Sunday.

Discussions touched on ways to develop relations between the two countries, paths to strengthen economic partnership, and the bilateral agreement regarding the supply of Iraqi oil to Lebanon, in addition to tackling the conditions in the region and the latest political and security developments.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that government agencies in both countries would pursue their efforts to solve the problem of delays in completing certificate equivalencies for Iraqi students, which date back to periods of health and economic crises that hindered the work of public administrations in Lebanon.

Prime Minister al-Sudani indicated that “Iraq’s positions on Lebanon stem from the commitment and brotherhood that brings together both brotherly peoples, and from the responsible role at the regional and international levels that Iraq plays regarding
developments.”

He stressed “the need to stop the aggression against Lebanon and Palestine, and exert efforts to prevent the conflict from expanding regionally and causing more innocent victims and martyrs to fall.’

In turn, PM Mikati expressed his appreciation for the efforts undertaken by PM al-Sudani and the steps of the Iraqi government in supporting economic relations with Lebanon, praising ‘the Iraqi endeavors to support rapprochement and stability regionally and internationally.’

Mikati emphasized, ‘continued work on economic and trade exchange agreements, strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors in both countries, and studying the possibility of entering into projects that include establishing Iraqi industrial cities in Lebanon, and diversifying areas of mutual investment opportunities.’

He also underlined “raising the level of security cooperation and coordination with Iraq in terms of combating terrorism and drug trafficking,” highlighting “the importance of completing bi
lateral preparations for the convening of the joint economic committee between the two countries at the end of upcoming September.”

Mikati renewed his invitation to the Iraqi Prime Minister to visit Lebanon “at the time he deems appropriate.”

Lebanon’s Prime Minister had arrived earlier in the Iraqi capital accompanied by an official delegation, as they were received at Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Oil Minister, Hayan Abdul Ghani.

PM Mikati and his accompanying delegation then moved to the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office in Baghdad, where Mikati held a meeting with PM al-Sudani, which was followed by expanded talks that included on the Lebanese side Caretaker Ministers of Industry, Agriculture, Public Works and Transport, Energy and Water, as well as Lebanon’s Ambassador to Iraq, the President of the General Corporation for the Promotion of Investments in Lebanon (IDAL) and the Deputy Director General of State Security.

Participating on the Iraqi side were the Deputy Prim
e Minister and Minister of Oil, Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works, Ministers of Agriculture and Industry and Minerals, the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Undersecretary of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, and Chargé d’Affairs of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

PM Mustafa, UN official discuss enhancing humanitarian and relief efforts in Gaza


RAMALLAH: Prime Minister, Mohammad Mustafa, met today with the UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag, at his office in Ramallah, where they discussed enhancing humanitarian and relief efforts in Gaza.

They emphasized the need to increase the delivery of aid and ensure its distribution throughout the Strip.

Mustafa affirmed that ongoing efforts and contacts have been made since day one to stop the genocide committed against the Palestinian people in Gaza, and coordinate with all international parties, especially the United Nations, to provide all necessary emergency humanitarian assistance.

He stressed that Gaza is an integral part of the Palestinian state, adding that since its establishment, the Palestinian Authority has been responsible for providing services to the people in the Strip, especially health, education and infrastructure among others.

For her part, Kaag affirmed continued coordination, joint efforts and support for the Palestinian government’s efforts t
o meet the urgent humanitarian and relief needs in Gaza.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Egypt voices concern over Israeli operations in Yemen

Egypt expressed its deep concern over the Israeli military operations in Yemen, which are escalating tensions on all fronts, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emigration, and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs on Saturday.

The ministry called on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid descending into more regional chaos.

Egypt further reiterated its warnings of the dangers of expanding conflict in the region following developments in the Gaza crisis, cautioning that this could lead to a wider cycle of conflicts and instability.

The statement emphasized the importance of international efforts to maintain regional security and stability.

It also urged regional and international actors to fulfil their responsibilities to end the Israeli war on Gaza, which is the primary cause of increased tensions and current regional escalation.

Furthermore, Cairo reaffirmed its steadfast position for an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged strip.

It emphas
ized that these steps are essential to contain tensions, establish a comprehensive truce, and preserve regional security and stability.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

FM Abdelatty discusses GERD, Sudan, Red Sea security with AU Commission Adeoye

Foreign Minister Badr Abdelatty discussed in Accra on Sunday 21/7/2024 the latest developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the situation in Sudan and the Red Sea with Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security in the African Union.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Abdelatty emphasized Egypt’s commitment to supporting the union and its various bodies through its active involvement as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council.

He also noted that the increasing security challenges and the scope of conflicts and associated humanitarian suffering necessitate intensified consultation and coordination mechanisms between the African Union’s bodies and member states.

During the meeting, the Egyptian Foreign Minister outlined the main points of Egypt’s presidency program for the Peace and Security Council during October 2024, and the events that Egypt plans to organize.

He also expressed Egypt’s eagerness to advance efforts to operationalize the Afri
can Union Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development, highlighting the significance of this issue in Egyptian priorities, especially under the leadership of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Furthermore, the two sides discussed the Great Lakes region, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, security challenges in the Red Sea, and the latest developments in the Horn of Africa.

Regarding Sudan, the two sides discussed the political and security developments of the Sudanese crisis, agreeing on the importance of unifying Sudanese civilian political forces and maintaining the unity of Sudan and its national institutions. They also emphasized the need for coordinated efforts between regional and international mediation tracks.

Moreover, the Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Egypt is aware of the severity of the current situation and is keen to engage with all concerned partners and existing mechanisms to resolve the crisis as quickly as possible. He also emphasized the importance of involving
Sudan in any arrangements or proposals to resolve the Sudanese crisis, stressing the ownership of the Sudanese state and people of any solutions and proposals.

On a different note, Abdelatty also welcomed the Peace and Security Council’s approval of the Somali government’s request to extend the timeline for the third phase of the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).

In addition, he discussed the arrangements for deploying a new African Union mission in Somalia after the current mission’s exit, noting the necessity of providing all forms of support to the Somali government to achieve security and stability.

For his part, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security at the African Union emphasized Egypt’s pivotal role in enhancing security and stability in the African continent.

He expressed his keenness to continue coordinating with Egypt on all priority African issues and matters related to the African Union.

Source: State Information Service Egypt