An Israeli enemy drone violated on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. the Lebanese skies over Alma Al-Shaab village, executed a circular flight over Iklim Al-Kharoub regions, Baabda and Beirut, and then left at 11:40 p.m. from above the said village, a communiqué issued by the Army Command- the Guidance Directorate said on Thursday. On the same day at 10:55 p.m. , another Israeli drone violated the Lebanese skies from above Kfarkilla village made a U-turn over the south and West Bekaa regions and then left on Thursday at 7:00 a.m. from above Rmeich village, the communiqué added.
An Israeli reconnaissance plane breached the Lebanese airspace on Wednesday at 10:07 above the Southern Lebanese village of Kfarkila and effectuated U-shaped maneuvers over Riyaq, Baalbek and Hermel, a Lebanese Army communiqué said on Wednesday, adding that the enemy aircraft left at 15:14 from abovementioned village. The communiqué added that another Israeli drone violated the Lebanese skies on the same day at 8:00 from above Nakoura village, carried out a circular flight over the south regions and West Bekaa then left from above Kfarkila.
Union of Palestinian Democratic Youth and Lebanese Democratic Youth Union held a joint leadership meeting, on Monday, at the Union’s headquarters in Mar Elias-Beirut, which included members of the executive offices and district and university officials in various governorates of Lebanon. The meeting was devoted to discussing the preparations for the World Youth and Student Festival which will be held at the end of this year in Russia, with the participation of thousands of young people from dozens of countries at the invitation of the World Youth Democratic Union.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Thursday evening, at the premiere of the play “Hona Beirut” at Al-Madina Theater in Hamra, that the decision of all Lebanese was final not to return to civil war, for any reason whatsoever. “In my opinion, nothing better expresses the will to live and the love of life than a youth initiative that gives opportunities to young people”, he said.”Today is not an ordinary day. Today is April 13, the commemoration of the outbreak of civil war 42 years ago. I said earlier that this is one of the things we must remember to forget”, Hariri said.
In a press release by UNIFIL, it said: “UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today met separately with the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut”. Release added: “In both meetings, the UNIFIL head thanked the Lebanese leaders for their continued support to UNIFIL in the fulfillment of its mandate in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1701 (2006), while noting that Lebanon’s continued commitment to the UN resolution is critical”. Major General Beary briefed the leaders on the situation in the UNIFIL area of operations (AO) and along the Blue Line, further stating that the situation remains calm and stable. He said that UNIFIL has, over the past months, increased its outreach to the local population as well as intensified engagement with local leaders and communities in the Mission’s ongoing efforts to preserve the calm environment and stability.
The Lebanese Army Command – Orientation Directorate – issued on Thursday the following statement: “Today at 10:15 in the morning, an Israeli enemy reconnaissance aircraft violated the Lebanese airspace over the town of Kfarkila, and circled over the areas of Riyak, Baalbek, Hermel and the North. It then left the airspace at 18:10 in the evening, from above the town of Alma al-Shaab. At 10:40, a similar aircraft violated the Lebanese airspace over the town of Alma al-Shaab and circled above Beirut and its environs, Baabda and the South, and then left at 16:45 from above the Shebaa Frams.
The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri will begin tomorrow a European tour starting from the French capital Paris, where he will meet with the French President François at the Elysee Palace. Hariri will deliver a speech during which he will address the plan of the Lebanese government to strengthen stability and development, and face the pressure on the infrastructure and public services as a result of the displaced Syrians crisis, Lebanon’s needs in this respect and the role of the international community in increasing the required aid to face this crisis.
Labor Minister Mohammad Kabbara welcomed on Saturday morning in his office at the ministry Guy Ryder, General Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) with talks reportedly featuring high on the “Future of Work in the Arab World” conference which will be held in Beirut on coming Monday. Discussions also tackled the displaced file and the aids that the organization can offer Lebanon to help it overcome this crisis. The Minister explained that the conference participants would focus on strengthening the social dialogue culture among all production parties whether business owners, workers and governments; hoping the conference will be a success and it would list in its recommendations the ILO celebration to mark its centenary anniversary in 2019.
“Future” parliamentary bloc member MP Amine Wehbe stressed on Tuesday that his bloc is open to all suggested electoral draft laws provided they improve representation among the Lebanese, rejecting “all formulas which are related to the Orthodox draft because they threaten coexistence and subject Christians to danger”. Wehbe told “Voice of Lebanon” radio that “Future” movement has refused full proportionality amid the presence of arms, noting that they support the hybrid law. The lawmaker noted that despite all political forces’ efforts they couldn’t reach agreement on an electoral law; however, he expressed “optimism over the coming few days”
President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, said on Thursday that he was still betting on the Lebanese people to work together to fight corruption and the squandering of public money in public administrations. General Aoun pledged to keep his promises and implement the content of his inauguration speech and the message of independence, despite the internal and external crises affecting the work of institutions and State networks. He then indicated that he was working in cooperation with the government and the relevant authorities to implement a comprehensive economic plan that would establish a healthy economy and gradually improve the situation in Lebanon.