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

Palestine Committee at Arab Parliament Commends HRH Crown Prince’s Speech at Arab Summit in Bahrain

Cairo, The member of the Shura Council and the Palestine Committee of the Arab Parliament, Assaf bin Salem Abu Thuneen, explained that the committee has commended the speech of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the recent Arab League Summit in Bahrain. Abu Thuneen said that members of the Palestine Committee have praised HRH the Crown Prince for re-emphasizing the Kingdom's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and his call for a just and lasting solution based on United Nations resolutions and the Arab peace initiatives. The committee also commended the outcomes of the Arab Summit in Manama concerning the Palestinian cause. Source: Saudi Press Agency

GCC Secretary General Offers Condolences to the Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Over Passing of President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi and his Accompanying Delegation

Riyadh: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi offered condolences to the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Bagheri, during a telephone call today, on the passing of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi, and the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and their accompanying delegation following the unfortunate accident of the crash of their plane. During the call, Albudaiwi also emphasized the solidarity and support of the GCC for the government and people of Iran in these difficult circumstances. He reiterated his sincere condolences and deep sympathy to the victims' families. Additionally, he expressed hope that Iran would overcome this great calamity and that the Almighty would bless the Iranian people with security, safety, and prosperity. Source: Saudi Press Agency

GS’S BAISSARI MEETS WITH CZECH, SLOVAK AMBASSADOR

Acting Director General of General Security, Brigadier General Elias Baissari, on Tuesday received in his office, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Lebanon, Jiri Dolezel, and the Slovak Ambassador to Lebanon, Marek Varga. Discussions reportedly touched on ways to help Lebanon address the Syrian displacement dossier and its repercussions. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

BASSIL CABLES CONDOLENCES TO KHAMENEI OVER DEATH OF PRESIDENT RAISI, FM ABDOLLAHIA

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, on Tuesday sent a cable of condolences to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and their companions in the tragic helicopter crash. In his cable, Bassil offered sincere condolences to the government and people of Iran, and 'asked Almighty God to rest the victims' souls in peace and to grant their families patience and solace, and to grant Iran a safe and prosperous future.' Source: National News Agency - Lebanon