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Lebanon investigates death of former customs official
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese authorities are investigating the killing of a retired customs officer in what a leading politician described as a “terrible incident”. He questioned whether there was a link with the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut port that killed about 200 people and devastated swathes of the capital. “Is this terrible incident to obstruct any serious investigation into the case of the explosion at Beirut port?” Jumblatt wrote. The first warning about the cargo that blew up in Beirut port came in 2014 from another late Lebanese customs officer, Colonel Joseph Skaf. Skaf’s family believe his death in 2017 was murder, possibly connected to his long career as a customs officer fighting criminality and drug smuggling.
Persons: Munir Abu Rjeili, Walid Jumblatt, Jumblatt, Abu Rjeili’s, Joseph Khalil, Abu Rjeili, Khalil, Michel Aoun, Joseph Skaf Organizations: Twitter, Higher Customs Locations: BEIRUT, Qartaba, Beirut, Lebanese
Lebanon says difficulties in sea border talks can be overcome
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and difficulties that surfaced in the last session round can be overcome, President Michel Aoun told a U.S. mediator on Wednesday, after the latest round was postponed. FILE PHOTO: Maritime border markers are seen in the Mediterranean Sea near Lebanon, as seen from Rosh Hanikra, northern Israel October 28, 2020. Aoun told visiting U.S. official John Desrocher that Lebanon wanted the talks to succeed to strengthen stability in southern Lebanon and allow for oil and gas investment. Disagreement over the sea border has discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields but Lebanon has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters.
Persons: Michel Aoun, Amir Cohen, Aoun, John Desrocher, ” Aoun, Desrocher, Yuval Steinitz, Hassan Diab Organizations: REUTERS, Wednesday, U.S, Israeli Energy, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Israel, Rosh Hanikra, Washington, Iran, Lebanese
Israel-Lebanon sea border talks postponed
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Tom Perry | Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and U.S. mediators will now contact the two old foes separately, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said it had been agreed with the Americans that talks would be postponed for a few weeks. “In the interim, they will do some shuttling in order to better prepare the next round of talks,” he told Israel’s Army Radio. Disagreement over the sea border has discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. A Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, , ” Steinitz, Michel Aoun, Ras Naqoura, Steinitz, Amal Organizations: Israeli Energy, , Israel’s Army Radio, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, Washington, Iran, Lebanese, States
Lebanon's president pledges to revive forensic audit of central bank
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERSBEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that a forensic audit of the central bank was vital to combat corruption, and that he would get it back on track after the consultancy contracted to carry it out withdrew. “Our reality today is not promising,” the president said in a televised speech to mark Independence Day, adding that Lebanon was a prisoner of corruption, political scheming and external dictations. “If we want statehood, then we must fight corruption ... and this begins by imposing the forensic financial audit,” he said, adding he would not “back off” on the issue. Saad al-Hariri, the Sunni prime minister-designate under a sectarian power-sharing agreement, is struggling to form a cabinet amid turf wars.
Persons: Michel Aoun, Dalati, Aoun, , Alvarez, Marsal, Saad al, Hariri Organizations: REUTERS, Independence Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, REUTERS BEIRUT, Beirut,
Five Lebanese prisoners die in accident following mass prison break-out
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
The ISF statement did not say how the 69 prisoners had escaped from the facility, which a security source said holds pre-trial detainees and is part of Baabda district prison near Beirut. The ISF said 15 prisoners had been caught while four others turned themselves in. The five died when a car they seized crashed into a tree in what the statement described as an accident while one prisoner was injured and taken to hospital. The state news agency NNA earlier said the prisoners had escaped from the prison at dawn after breaking open cell doors. It said that while the Lebanese government had taken several measures, including some releases, the authorities should prioritise releasing prisoners who had served their sentences and expedite a review of pre-trial detainees.
Persons: Michel Aoun, NNA Organizations: Internal Security Forces, ISF, Amnesty Locations: BEIRUT, Beirut, Baabda, COVID
Lebanon sets starting point for sea border negotiations with Israel
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A UN naval ship is pictured off the Lebanese coast in the town of Naqoura, near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File PhotoBEIRUT (Reuters) - President Michel Aoun on Thursday specified Lebanon’s starting point for demarcating its sea border with Israel under U.S.-mediated talks, in the first public confirmation of a stance sources say actually increases the size of the disputed area. Israel and Lebanon launched the negotiations last month with delegations from the long-time foes convening at a U.N. base to try to agree on the unresolved border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area. They said the Lebanese proposal extended farther south than the border Lebanon had years before presented to the United Nations and that of the Israeli team pushing the boundary farther north than Israel’s original position. The talks, the culmination of three years of diplomacy by Washington, are due to resume in December.
Persons: Aziz Taher, Michel Aoun, Aoun, Ras Naqoura Organizations: UN, REUTERS, Lebanese, United Nations Locations: Naqoura, Lebanese, Lebanon, BEIRUT, Israel, U.S, Washington
Lebanon's Bassil rejects U.S. sanctions as unjust and politically motivated
  + stars: | 2020-11-08 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Influential Lebanese Christian politician Gebran Bassil said on Sunday that U.S. sanctions against him were unjust, politically motivated and the result of his refusal to break ties with Hezbollah. FILE PHOTO: Gebran Bassil, a Lebanese politician and head of the Free Patriotic movement, talks during an interview with Reuters in Sin-el-fil, Lebanon July 7, 2020. The U.S. Treasury Department accused Bassil of being at the “forefront of corruption in Lebanon”. The FPM has a political alliance with Hezbollah, which has become Lebanon’s most powerful political force. He said the sanctions should not hold up forming a new government to tackle a financial meltdown, Lebanon’s worst crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war.
Persons: Gebran Bassil, Mohamed Azakir, Bassil, Lebanon’s, Michel Aoun, Washington, , ” Bassil, Aoun, Saad al, Hariri Organizations: Lebanese, Reuters, REUTERS, Christian, Hezbollah, Free Patriotic Movement, U.S . Treasury Department, U.S Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanese, Sin, fil, Lebanon, United States, U.S, Lebanon ”
“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement on Twitter. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has had a much smoother relationship with Trump, also picked up the theme of climate change in congratulating Biden. Aoun said on Twitter that he hoped the balance in Lebanese-American relations would return under a Biden administration. TRUMP ALLIES, RUSSIA MORE CAUTIOUSSome nations with closer ties to Trump were quiet on Saturday night or reluctant to proclaim Biden as president-elect, though Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid thanks to Trump at the end of his congratulations to Biden. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he looked forward to work with Biden on seeking peace in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Biden, , Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, , ” Washington, Emmanuel Macron, Let’s, Pablo Iglesias, “ Trump, ” Iglesias, ” Trump, Joe Biden’s, Micheal Martin, Narendra Modi, Biden’s, Kamala Harris, Harris, ” Modi, Bassil, Lebanon’s, Michel Aoun, Aoun, Scott Morrison, Andrzej Duda, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Hunter, Viktor Orban, Trump’s, Benjamin Netanyahu, Imran Khan Organizations: United States ’, NATO, Twitter, Canadian, Trump . British, PRIDE Ireland, Trump, , American, U.S, Democratic, Christian, TRUMP, Australian, Washington, Electoral, Facebook, Pakistan’s, Taliban Locations: LONDON, OTTAWA, Germany, Canada, France, U.S, Paris, Ireland, America, India, American, Egypt, Lebanon, United States, RUSSIA, Poland, , Russia, Trump ., Saudi, Afghanistan, Kabul, Pakistan
Lebanon's president seeks evidence behind U.S. sanctions on son-in-law
  + stars: | 2020-11-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that Lebanon would seek evidence and documents from the United States that led Washington to impose sanctions on his son-in-law Gebran Bassil, a prominent Christian politician. Aoun asked Lebanon’s caretaker foreign minister, Charbel Wehbe, to obtain evidence and documents that should be submitted to Lebanon’s judiciary “to take the necessary legal measures”, the presidency tweeted. “Sanctions have not scared me nor promises tempted me,” Bassil said in a Twitter post following the announcement. The FPM has a political alliance with Hezbollah, which has become Lebanon’s most powerful political force. A senior U.S. official said Bassil’s support for the armed group Hezbollah was “every bit of the motivation” for targeting him for sanctions.
Persons: Michel Aoun, Gebran Bassil, Bassil, Lebanon’s, Washington, Aoun, Charbel, , ” Bassil, Saad al, Hariri Organizations: Christian, Hezbollah, Washington, Free Patriotic Movement, , U.S, U.S . Treasury Department Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, United States, Washington, , U.S, Lebanon ”
U.S. to sanction leader of Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement: WSJ
  + stars: | 2020-11-06 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Gebran Bassil, head of the Free Patriotic movement, speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo(Reuters) - The United States is planning to sanction prominent Lebanese Christian politician Gebran Bassil, head of the Free Patriotic Movement, which was founded by the president and is allied with Hezbollah, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Thursday. The United States deems Iranian-backed Hezbollah to be a terrorist group. Bassil, the son-in-law of President Michel Aoun and head of FPM, Lebanon’s largest Christian political bloc, is also a former foreign minister. In September, the United States blacklisted two former Lebanese government ministers it accused of enabling Hezbollah.
Persons: Bassil, Mohamed Azakir, Gebran Bassil, Donald Trump's, Michel Aoun, Yusuf Finyanus, Ali Hassan Khalil Organizations: REUTERS, Lebanese, Free Patriotic Movement, Hezbollah, Wall Street Journal, U.S . Department of Treasury, United Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, United States, Lebanese, States
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