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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 18, 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

Hariri to meet Jumblatt in France Friday

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt will meet Friday over a working dinner hosted by Hariri at his residence in Paris.

Meanwhile, a meeting will take place Wednesday between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and head of the Future parliamentary bloc Fouad Siniora on the sidelines of a voting session at Parliament.

The two men will discuss an exit to the longstanding salary raise crisis.

Al-Joumhouria

Disputes over wage hike center around funding sources and meeting scenario

Al-Joumhouria has learned that the two key points in the dispute over the salary scale are: First, related to the sources of funding, and second, related to the scenario of holding a parliamentary session in terms of whether lawmakers would approve the draft law with a single item, as demanded by March 14, or open the door for discussion item by item, as desired by Berri.

Al-Mustaqbal

Hezbollah to enter Iraq crisis and send thousands of fighters

Hezbollah has decided to enter the Iraqi conflict and plans to send thousands of fighters to join the Army’s reserve forces under the pretext of defending holy sites.

Sources said Hezbollah would likely engage in the crisis under the command of Jamal Jaafar Mohammad, known as "Abu Mahdi, the engineer," who represents Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force in Iraq, who had significantly contributed to the establishment of several Iraqi militia groups fighting in Syria.

As-Safir

Rai-Aoun trade blame over dinner

The head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, MP Michel Aoun, has attended a dinner meeting at the invitation of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.

During the meeting, which took place Monday evening and was attended by 25 bishops, Rai traded blame with Aoun, who admonished the patriarch about his desire not to see Aoun or Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reach the presidency.

 

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Summary

A meeting will take place Wednesday between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and head of the Future parliamentary bloc Fouad Siniora on the sidelines of a voting session at Parliament.

Sources said Hezbollah would likely engage in the crisis under the command of Jamal Jaafar Mohammad, known as "Abu Mahdi, the engineer," who represents Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force in Iraq, who had significantly contributed to the establishment of several Iraqi militia groups fighting in Syria.

The head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, MP Michel Aoun, has attended a dinner meeting at the invitation of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.


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