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.
Iran to Moqbel: Weapons with nothing in return
Saudi arms gift postponed
Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian is expected to arrive in Beirut next week for talks with Lebanese officials.
A diplomatic source told As-Safir that Abdollahian would brief the Lebanese officials on his Saudi talks.
The source said the Iranian defense minister had sent out an invitation to his Lebanese counterpart Samir Moqbel to visit Iran to discuss Lebanon's needs, particularly in terms of arming the Lebanese Army.
“Iran’s decision is to meet all of Lebanon’s needs at this level with nothing in return,” the source stressed.
Meanwhile, a well-informed French source told As-Safir that the Saudi grant of arms for Lebanon had been delayed for two months.
The source said the Saudi defense minister and his French counterpart agreed during a meeting Wednesday to extend the deadline to sign the arms deal for two months before a possible return to talks to conclude the agreement in November.
Cabinet approves negotiations with states, not parties
Ministerial sources told Al-Liwaa that the Cabinet approved during its meeting Thursday the principle of conducting negotiations with states that have influence on the kidnappers and not with parties.
The sources did not spell out the countries with the most influence on the jihadists holding at least 23 soldiers and policemen captive.
They said the Cabinet also endorsed the principle of what might be called a soft attitude – within the laws and regulations – toward Islamist inmates held at Roumieh Prison, specifically speeding their trials.
Azzi has new plan for Syrian refugees
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi, who represents the Kataeb Party in the government, called for scrapping a proposal to set up camps to house the Syrian refugees.
Azzi told An-Nahar that he proposed a new approach to the Syrian refugee crisis during Cabinet's Thursday meeting.
“Refugees who support the Syrian regime should be returned to regime-held areas and those who support ISIS and Nusra Front should go to areas controlled by these groups,” Azzi said.