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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 16, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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.

Al-Akhbar

Hariri toward setting meeting with King Abdullah, likely to go to Morocco

Sources close to Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Hariri had not decided whether he would meet Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt or when, citing business-related reasons.

Also, Hariri is still waiting for a response to his meeting request with Saudi King Abdullah, who is in Morocco.

Meanwhile, PSP sources told Al-Akhbar that they were doubtful of the meeting between Jumblatt and Hariri.

They said there was conflicting information on whether the meeting would take place or not.

Al-Mustaqbal

Italy to announce huge training camp for Lebanese Army

Diplomatic sources said Italy would announce during the international conference to support of the Lebanese Army, scheduled to begin Tuesday, the creation of a huge training camp for the Lebanese Armed Forces.

In December, Italy’s Prime Minister said during talks with former Prime Minister Najib Mikati that Rome would increase its assistance to the Lebanese Army in terms of training and military expertise.

Ad-Diyar

Lebanon at high risk of ISIS attacks

Western diplomatic sources, citing intelligence and security reports, told Ad-Diyar that Lebanon was at high risk of attacks by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

They said terrorist organizations, particularly ISIS, would not dawdle if the circumstances and the climate paved the way for the use of the Lebanese arena as a staging ground for operations to divert attention from the main battle being waged in northern Iraq and northern Syria.

Al-Joumhouria

Iraq crisis likely to motivate sleeper cells in Lebanon

U.S. diplomatic sources said the Iraqi crisis would likely have direct effects on Lebanon, similar to the Iraq-Kuwait 1990 war.

The sources said sleeper cells in Lebanon could be back into action in the wake of the Iraqi conflict.

An-Nahar

Aoun likely to suggest parliamentary elections before presidential election

An-Nahar has learned that the head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun intends to submit a proposal suggesting holding parliamentary elections ahead of the presidential election.

The proposal also calls for resorting to direct election by the people in two phases: the first Christian and the second national.

 

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Summary

Sources close to Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Hariri had not decided whether he would meet Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt or when, citing business-related reasons.

PSP sources told Al-Akhbar that they were doubtful of the meeting between Jumblatt and Hariri.

Italy to announce huge training camp for Lebanese Army

Diplomatic sources said Italy would announce during the international conference to support of the Lebanese Army, scheduled to begin Tuesday, the creation of a huge training camp for the Lebanese Armed Forces.

U.S. diplomatic sources said the Iraqi crisis would likely have direct effects on Lebanon, similar to the Iraq-Kuwait 1990 war.


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