The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Nasrallah to Meshaal and Shalah: All options open
What caught the attention of the observers is Hezbollah’s care about making public the content of the first call of its kind, since a very long time, between its General Secretary and the head of Hamas’s political office Khaled Meshaal, in which [Nasrallah] praised “the solidity, persistence and field-innovation of the combatants, as well as the great patience of Gaza’s oppressed people who stick to the resistance’s choices and conditions.”
And what is more important than the meeting between the two General Secretaries of Hezbollah, Sayyed Nasrallah, and of Jihad, Ramadan Abdallah Shalah, is what was made public about the announcement by the resistance in Lebanon that it will “stand by the resistance in Gaza and support it, showing readiness to fully collaborate for what would serve its goals and defeat the goals of the offensive.
Hezbollah’s readiness to fully cooperate with the Palestinian resistance carries many meanings that have caught the attention of the Israeli side, and on which Nasrallah is supposed to elaborate in the Quds day ceremony. This had prompted the Israelis to intensify their arrangements along the borders with Lebanon with a mobilization among the major countries ambassadors in Beirut who stressed on the necessity that all actors abide to the articles and items of UNSCR 1701.
Ninth session tomorrow and the equation as is: Presidency in the waiting-fridge and the quorum missed
Consultations in public and on backstage have not created any consensual solution, and the blocs’ stands unchanged
The picture is clear concerning the ninth session designated to elect a president: No president, no quorum, no consensus, no election and no legislation.
Salam to An-Nahar: Thursday’s session will test the intentions, and no obstacle will hinder the security plan
Prime Minister Tammam Salam told An-Nahar yesterday that... that the Lebanese University’s item will be top priority. He described the next Cabinet session as a test to show the intentions toward the functioning of the government.
Answering a question about the security developments in Tripoli Salam said; “Starting from what I told the Muslim Scholars Committee, we assure our care to establish security. “Should we slow down the implementation of the security plan until a balance is achieved?” he asked. “No obstacle will stand on our way, the security sources will [wait] for consensus [before] doing their jobs.”
Concerning the presidential elections, An-Nahar knew that the papal ambassador in Lebanon, Gabriali Katchia, called yesterday a number of ambassadors [representing] the central countries interested in the presidential election, in an attempt to discover the horizons of the work on this file ... and he will meet very soon the Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai for this purpose. Observers [relate] this move to former Prime Minister Hariri’s suggestion, signalizing a new movement in the air.
Sleiman to Al-Mustaqbal: Hariri commits to the National Pact and Baabda Pact
Former President Sleiman.... praised Hariri’s road map and told Al-Mustaqbal: “I never doubted Hariri’s intentions and his courage to suggest essential things.
“[Hariri] demonstrates again and again that he possesses the bravery and the sense of national responsibility... I hope that the Lebanese public will appreciate the value of his political courage.”