House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Monday received at the second presidency in Ain El-Tineh, Al-Liwaa newspaper Editor-in-Chief Salah Salam.

On the other hand, Speaker Berri followed up on the country’s general situation, political developments, and legislative affairs during his meeting with Deputy Speaker, Elias Bou Saab.

In a chat with media representatives, Bou Saab stressed the importance of the parliamentary session to be held upcoming Wednesday, to come up with a united national position regarding the displaced Syrians’ dossier.

Bou Saab renewed his call on political parties and parliamentary blocs for the necessity of holding dialogue and agreement for the election of the president of the republic.

Berri later received the Head of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Judge Claude Karam in the presence of the commission’s member, Dr. Ali Badran.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

China calls for unimpeded path to Palestine’s UN membership

China said Monday it urges relevant countries not to create obstacles for Palestine’s membership to the UN, and not to continue to stand in opposition to the international community, international justice and human conscience, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a press briefing in Beijing when asked to expound China’s position on the issue of Palestine’s UN membership.

On May 10, the UN General Assembly’s emergency special session adopted a resolution by an overwhelming majority, recognizing Palestine’s qualification for full UN membership, and recommending that the Security Council reconsider its application. China co-sponsored the resolution and cast an affirmative vote. “The Chinese representative has already comprehensively elaborated our position in the interpretative speech following the voting,” Wang said, noting that independent statehood has been a long-cherished aspiration of the Palestinian people and full UN membership is a crucial s
tep in this historic process.

“China supports the UN Security Council in reconsidering Palestine’s application to join the UN as soon as possible in accordance with the requirements of the resolution,” the spokesman said. The resolution makes further arrangements for Palestine’s participation in UN activities and related meetings, granting new rights and privileges to Palestine, Wang said, adding that these special arrangements are a remedy for the long-standing injustices suffered by Palestinians and a correction for the abuse of veto power by the US.

Source: Kuwait News Agency


Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati received Monday at the Grand Serail, the Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon, Sandra De Waele, who briefed her host on the preparations for the

eighth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region.”

Mikati informed De Waele that the Lebanese delegation to the conference will be chaired by Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Sultan of Oman heads to Kuwait on state visit

The Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq departed the Sultanate Monday heading to Kuwait on a two-day state visit.

During the visit, Sultan Haitham will meet with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said Omani news agency.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq’s state visit to Kuwait is reflective of the strength of ties between Kuwait and Oman, the two countries share a mutual vision concerning issues of joint GCC cooperation as well as matters of regional and international importance.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

KSA Cooperates with Arab States to End the War in Gaza, Ambassador Al-Matar Says

Manama: Addressing the Arab delegates and senior officials’ taking part in Boxing Fight ‘Ring of Fire’ to Be Held Next Saturday in Riyadhpreparatory meeting of foreign ministers for the 33rd regular Arab Summit hosted by Manama, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the Arab League, Ambassador Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Matar, confirmed his country’s keenness during its outgoing presidency of the 32nd Summit to provide all necessary assistance and support to Arab crucial issues, in light of the continuing extremely dangerous and complex regional and international circumstances facing the Arab region.

“Our meeting today comes at a difficult time of aggression and injustice that our Palestinian brothers are going through,” Al-Matar said. “Since the Palestinian cause comes as top agenda of the Kingdom’s foreign policy, my country, in cooperation with its Arab sister states, has exerted all necessary diplomatic efforts in order to reach an end to the war in the Gaza Strip, ensure the protection of civilians, deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and support efforts aimed at bringing about an international recognition of the independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with east Al-Quds as its capital.’

“The Kingdom, during its presidency, through joint Arab action, made all possible efforts sincerely, hand in hand with Arab countries, especially in Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Somalia, to achieve Arab and international peace and security in a way that achieves the interests of the Arab peoples and preserves the rights of the Arab nation,” the ambassador said.

He explained that the Kingdom believes that the region has great capabilities and enormous wealth that make it capable of overcoming crises and leading and competing globally, noting that this requires concerted Arab efforts to enhance Arab cooperation in economic, cultural, and development affairs.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Kuwait supports, stands in solidarity with victims of floods in Afghanistan

The State of Kuwait supported and stood in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan who were affected by the devastating floods that hit the northern region of their country, said the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

The statement added that Kuwait expressed its condolences towards those who lost their lives due to the floods that caused destruction of infrastructure and property and also wished for the swift recovery of people injury in this natural disaster.

Source: Kuwait News Agency