Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, urged the interior minister for a strict enforcement of laws on the Syrian displaced amid spiraling crime rates, during a consultative meeting he chaired at the Grand Serail on Monday.

“With the proliferation of crimes perpetrated by some Syrian displaced, this situation must be firmly addressed by the security apparatuses, and immediate measures must be taken to prevent any criminal act as well as any rejected behavior towards our Syrian brothers whose presence in Lebanon is legal,” said Mikati.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mikati said the gathering aims at discussing the security situation particularly in south Lebanon, in addition to the displaced file.

“We are meeting together to thoroughly discuss the situation at the security and national levels, and the needed measures to protect social security and to unify Lebanon’s stance before the international community regarding the Syrian displaced issue,” he said. “Our goal is to face, together, all the challenges
,” he stressed.

He did not fail to reiterate the necessity of expediting the election of a president of the republic. “We in the government are shouldering our national and societal responsibilities,” he said.

On a different note, Mikati underlined that the Israeli attacks on south Lebanon cannot be tolerated. “Israel is dragging the region into war, and the international community must be aware and bring this war to an end,” he added.

“Through the contacts we are holding, we see that Lebanon has many friends in the world defending it and exerting every possible pressure on Israel to halt its attacks and prevent the expansion of confrontations,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

OIC expresses concern about regional military developments

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed deep concern on Monday about the military developments and tension prevailing in the region in recent days.

The OIC called in a statement for de-escalation, warning of the serious repercussions on the security and stability of the entire region from any action that could escalate tension.

It reiterated its call to the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security, and to work to avoid the escalation of tension in the region.

It urged the international community to work towards resolving the issues in the region, foremost the Palestinian cause and to halt Israeli aggression against Gaza.

Source: Kuwait News Agency


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed “great concern” about the ongoing developments in the Middle East region, calling to put an end to escalation.

“We are following with great concern the events and developments in the Middle East, after the entire region has reached the edge of the abyss,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday.

“This comes as the war on Gaza continues for the seventh month, and amid the failure to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2728 to cease the war in Gaza, and to return to the political path based on the two-state solution and the relevant UN resolutions,” it added.

The Foreign Ministry also urged to end escalation and threats of war and retaliation, calling to respect the international law and resolutions “to avert the repercussions of the conflagration of the entire Middle East, which jeopardizes regional peace and security.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Southeast Asian countries express concern on Mideast escalating situation

Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia expressed, Monday, deep concern towards continuous escalations between Iran and Israeli occupation after the former’s retaliatory strikes against latter.

In a statement Monday, Philippine Foreign Ministry urged all parties to de-escalation the situation and find a peaceful solution, calling on all countries to oblige to the international law, while the Singaporean Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned the Iranian strikes, noting that it will further escalate the tension in the region.

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the UN Security Council to act immediately to de-escalate tensions and continue working toward lasting peace in the Middle East.

The Southeast Asian countries called on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, avoid escalatory actions, focus on ensuring an immediate ceasefire and the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages, stressing the need for an immediate safe and unhindered delivery of huma
nitarian aid to affected civilians in Gaza.

Last Saturday night, Iran launched a massive attack with marches and missiles on targets inside the Israeli occupation in response to the bombing of the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Source: Kuwait News Agency


A consultative meeting between Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and cabinet members has kicked off at the Grand Serail.

The meeting is attended by Ministers Abdallah Bou Habib (Foreign Affairs), Issam Charafeddine (Displaced), George Kallas (Youth and Sports), Ali Hamie (Public Works and Transport), Youssef Khalil (Finance), Abbas Halabi (Education), Hector Hajjar (Social Affairs), Johnny Corm (Telecom), Abbas Hajj Hassan (Agriculture), Mohammad Wissam Mortada (Culture), Bassam Mawalwi (Interior and Municipalities), Walid Nassar (Tourism), Ziad Makary (Information), Henry Khoury (Justice), and Mostafa Bayram (Labor), in addition to Director General of the Presidency of the Republic Antoine Choucair and Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mahmoud Makkieh.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Kuwait, Tajikistan FMs discuss bilateral relations in Uzbekistan meeting

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Yahya met on Monday with the Tajikistani Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirojiddin Muhriddin, following the second ministerial meeting between GCC and central Asian countries, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to develop and enhance relations in various fields.

Source: Kuwait News Agency