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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 17, 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.

An-Nahar

Jumblatt to meet Hariri, Sleiman in Paris

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt left Beirut for Paris Monday night on a private visit.

Jumblatt will likely meet former President Michel Sleiman and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his weeklong stay.

Ad-Diyar

Global efforts to speed up Lebanon presidential election

Well-informed political sources said new backstage efforts were underway at the international level to speed up the presidential election in Lebanon.

Two Western delegations are expected in Beirut within the next few days after global fears grew over the consequences of the Iraqi crisis on Lebanon, which is a cause for alarm, particularly in the wake of reports that Lebanese fighters have joined the conflict in Iraq.

Al-Akhbar

Rai appoints two pro-March 14 bishops in Syria

Al-Akhbar has learned that Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has appointed two bishops in Latakia and Homs who have an inclination toward the March 14 coalition.

Rai is also preparing to appoint a new bishop in Aleppo, who is closer to MP Walid Jumblatt, despite the Vatican’s reluctance three years ago.

Al-Mustaqbal

U.K. providing assistance to Lebanese Army

Britain has provided assistance to the Lebanese Army to build control towers along the border in order to control illegal border crossings and monitor the movement of Syrian refugees entering Lebanese territory.

Al-Liwaa

Hezbollah fears coup in Lebanon a la Mosul

Hezbollah sources told Al-Liwaa that the party had growing fears that a coup would take place in Lebanon, similar to what happened in Iraq’s Mosul.

They said security and stability that followed the formation of the Tammam Salam's government did not mean that sleeper cells would remain dormant.

 

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Summary

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.

Jumblatt to meet Hariri, Sleiman in Paris

Jumblatt will likely meet former President Michel Sleiman and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his weeklong stay.

Global efforts to speed up Lebanon presidential election

Two Western delegations are expected in Beirut within the next few days after global fears grew over the consequences of the Iraqi crisis on Lebanon, which is a cause for alarm, particularly in the wake of reports that Lebanese fighters have joined the conflict in Iraq.


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