Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Saturday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
The release of the kidnapped Lebanese brings consensus in Beirut
Lebanese foreign minister: Communication on regional and international levels resulted in their release
Communication and diplomatic efforts on several levels between Lebanon, Turkey and Syria helped win the release of 11 kidnapped Lebanese who were abducted in Syria last Tuesday when an armed group intercepted two buses of pilgrims returning from visiting holy sites in Iran.
Their release reflected a state of unity between various political factions, but also showed the need for real national unity that is lacking.
For the first time in months, or even years, deputies from the Future Movement appeared on Hezbollah’s Manar TV station. The positions were unanimous, with all asking for calm and unity.
Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour confirmed that the release of the Lebanese hostages was secured thanks to regional and international diplomatic efforts.
Nasrallah confirms his invitation to Sleiman for dialogue
And he rejects the stipulation of the March 14 coalition that the government leave in order for the coalition to participate [in a national dialogue]
After two weeks of violence and tension leading to the kidnapping and then the release of 11 Lebanese in Syria, there is now a wave of calls for dialogue between different parties.
The celebrations sweeping Beirut’s southern suburbs coincided with the commemoration of Liberation Day, when Israeli occupying troops left the south in 2000.
President Michel Sleiman said he would invite leaders to a national dialogue meeting next month.
MPs from all sides said that the help in securing the released hostages was an incentive for dialogue.
On the occasion of Liberation Day, Hezbollah chief Sayed Hassan Nasrallah emphasized the right for the resistance to have and be ready to use arms. He praised the south for winning back its sovereignty, adding that today Israel doesn’t dare attack the villages. He said that May 25, 2000, the day of the Israeli withdrawal, was the last nail in the coffin of greater Israel.
He also said that Hezbollah has agreed to President Michel Sleiman’s call for national dialogue.