(UPDATE) QATARI PRIME MINISTER WELCOMES WALID AND TAYMOUR JUMBLATT

Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, welcomed former head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by Head of the Democratic Gathering and the Progressive Socialist Party, MP Taymour Jumblatt. During the meeting, discussions reportedly focused on the regional situation, particularly the most recent developments in the Palestinian arena, especially the situation in Gaza and southern Lebanon. Additionally, Lebanese domestic affairs were addressed. Jumblatt commended Qatar's role, particularly its ongoing efforts and initiatives to halt the hostilities in Gaza, as well as its involvement within the Quintet Committee to assist Lebanon in overcoming the presidential crisis. The former head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by the current head of the party, MP Taymour Jumblatt, also met with the Lebanese community in Qatar, at a reception held at the embassy headquarters in Doha, in the presence of t he Lebanese Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Farah Berri, Mrs. Nora Jumblatt, and the Secretary of the 'Democratic Gathering' bloc MP Hadi Abou Al-Hassan. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

BASSIL MEETS WITH FOREIGN DIPLOMATS OVER MEANS TO BOLSTER BILATERAL TIES

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, held a series of meetings with foreign ambassadors to discuss bilateral relations and current affairs. Bassil received Hungarian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ferenc Csillag, with whom discussions focused on enhancing cooperation between Lebanon and Hungary. He also met with the Indian Ambassador to Lebanon, Noor Rahman Sheikh, to explore ways to strengthen ties between Lebanon and India, addressing current issues and potential areas of collaboration. In a courtesy visit, Bassil welcomed the new Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Fabrizio Marcelli. The meeting highlighted the distinguished relations between Lebanon and Italy and explored opportunities for further partnership. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

BERRI HOLDS KEY DISCUSSIONS WITH BOU HABIB, ABI RAMIA

House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Tuesday welcomed Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, at the second presidency in Ain al-Tineh. The meeting reportedly focused on the country's general situation, and the latest political developments. Speaker Berri also met with the Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, MP Simon Abi Ramia, who is also a member of the "Strong Lebanon" bloc. The pair discussed various developments, particularly the issue of Syrian displacement and legislative affairs. In his meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri, MP Simon Abi Ramia focused on the pressing issue of Syrian displacement in Lebanon and the role of the Parliament in addressing this challenge. Abi Ramia emphasized the importance of proactive parliamentary engagement, proposing that Lebanese MPs leverage "parliamentary diplomacy" by convening heads of parliamentary friendship committees. This initiative aims to coordinate a unified approach to the displacement issue and conduct diplomatic tours in European capitals, as well as the United States and Russia, to garner international support and pressure foreign governments to consider Lebanon's national interests. Abi Ramia also addressed the broader political landscape, particularly the presidential election. He stressed the need for internal Lebanese consensus, highlighting that while international actors can facilitate discussions, the decision must remain a sovereign Lebanese one. Abi Ramia finally called for prior dialogue and consultation among Lebanese politicians to ensure a clear and unified decision when electing the next President, prioritizing the national interest over sectarian and partisan divisions. Additionally, Speaker Berri hosted MP Walid Al-Baarini of the "National Moderation" bloc. The pair reviewed political developments and legislative affairs. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

MAKARY EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO IRANIAN CULTURAL AFFAIRS MINISTER

Caretaker Information Minister, Ziad Makary, on Tuesday sent a heartfelt condolences message to the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili. "We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to Your Excellency. We pray that God will grant His vast mercy to the late President of Iran, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and their colleagues. As we share in your sorrow during this difficult time, we rely on the wisdom of the Iranian leadership to navigate through this ordeal, continuing the nation's and its institutions' path and ensuring the stability of Iran and the region. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

MIKATI REVIEWS SECURITY AND SOCIAL WELFARE ISSUES WITH MAWLAWI, KARAMI

Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday held a series of pivotal meetings at the Grand Serail, focusing on the country's security landscape and pressing legislative initiatives. In this framework, Mikati met with Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Mawlawi, with whom he discussed the latest security developments and the ongoing measures implemented by the Ministry of Interior. This meeting underscored the government's commitment to maintaining stability and addressing the security challenges facing Lebanon. Subsequently, Mikati met with the Director General of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba. Discussions reportedly centered on the operational activities of the Directorate, and a comprehensive review of the current security situation. Prime Minister Mikati separately welcomed a delegation from the "Karamah Movement," led by its head, MP Faisal Karami, and accompanied by former MP Marwan Abu Fadel. Following the meeting, Karami provided an update on the legislative priorities discussed. "We proposed to Prime Minister Mikati an amendment to Article 51 of the Social Security Law," Karami stated. "Additionally, we briefed him on our draft law titled 'The Fair Settlement of End-of-Service Indemnities.' Prime Minister Mikati expressed his support for the initiative, which also has the backing of Speaker Nabih Berri, the economic bodies, and the General Labor Union. This project aims to ensure justice for all employees in both the public and private sectors, addressing the compensation disparities caused by the financial and economic crisis,' Karami said on emerging. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

QATARI PRIME MINISTER WELCOMES WALID AND TAYMOUR JUMBLATT

Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, welcomed former head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by Head of the Democratic Gathering and the Progressive Socialist Party, MP Taymour Jumblatt. During the meeting, discussions reportedly focused on the regional situation, particularly the most recent developments in the Palestinian arena, especially the situation in Gaza and southern Lebanon. Additionally, Lebanese domestic affairs were addressed. Jumblatt commended Qatar's role, particularly its ongoing efforts and initiatives to halt the hostilities in Gaza, as well as its involvement within the Quintet Committee to assist Lebanon in overcoming the presidential crisis. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon