Sulaiman: Lebanon upholds dialogue to end crisis in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)_Lebanon upholds efforts being exerted to bring about a political solution based on dialogue to solve the crisis in Syria, the Lebanese President said on Tuesday.

In a speech broadcasted by al-Manar TV, Michel Sulaiman told diplomatic crops: "From the very beginning,we stated our support for dialogue and efforts that help reaching a political solution upon which all parties agree, meets the Syrian people's aspirations, and achieves a democracy that preserves Syria's unity and all citizens' rights and freedom far away from violence and extremism."

Lebanon's President said that his country is 'directly' interested in Syria's stability, prosperity and sovereignty because of brotherly and friendly ties (between Syria and Lebanon).

He hoped that diplomatic efforts, including that being exerted by LakhdarBrahimi, the UN Envoy to Syria,would help crystalize the political solution and start implementing it as soon as possible.

Palestinian cause

In another context, Sulaiman called for intensifying diplomatic and international efforts to reach new approaches that help impose a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause and Arab-Israel conflict.

"This solution would create main conditions to realize stability and progress in the Middle East," the Lebanese President said.

He deplored Israel's policy in the occupied Arab lands, stressing that Israel's settlement policy hampers peace process and breaches the relevant UN resolutions.

Sulaiman also underscored the Palestinian people's legitimate right to establish an Independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.





The West Should Halt Supporting Armed Terrorists in Syria- Iran

TEHRAN, (ST)_ Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has called on the  Western countries to stop supporting  armed terrorist groups which violate Syria 's  security and stability, stressing that meeting demands set by any people  must be through a democratic process, sovereignty of nations and the adoption of dialogue.

"Iran's foreign policy calls for  achieving security and stability in all countries and respects the sovereignty of all nations, "he added.

Iran also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria.

“We believe that clashes must end because an increase in conflicts and violence endangers people’s lives and inflicts further losses on the Syrians or the nationals of other countries in Syria,” Mehmanparast added.

“All countries are duty-bound to prepare the grounds so that the Syrian people could express their views in fair elections,”
In a press conference held in Tehran today ( Tuesday) quoted by al-Alam TV , Mehmanparast  said that  the visit of the Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi to Iran falls in the course of developing  bilateral relations, describing this visit  as important for the two countries , which are linked to areas of economic and trade cooperation.

Replying to a question  on negotiations between  Iran  and  the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he explained  that  Iran is cooperating with the IAEA and is ready to answer all its inquiries, noting  the next session  of negotiations  between the two sides will convene   tomorrow(Wednesday) and will cover technical and legal frames.
He described meetings held so far between Iran   and  the IAEA as positive and constructive, expressing hope that next  meetings will recognize  Iran 's   legitimate rights for  peaceful use of nuclear energy, calling the countries that possess nuclear weapons to abide by their  international obligations.

However, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.


Lebanese FM: Dialogue the Only Solution for the Crisis in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)- Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Adnan Mansour  has stressed that national dialogue among the Syrians themselves  is the only way to end the current crisis in Syria

In a statement he made on Monday, the Lebanese Minister expressed hope that the crisis in Syria will come to an end  during the first half of the current year.

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Patriarch al-Ra'i calls for halting violence in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)-The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bishara al-Ra'i called on all people to pray for achieving peace in Syria and the region. The Patriarch underlined the necessity  to take the necessary preservative measures for not allowing  the issue of hosting the Syrian displaced a time- bomb at the security, political, social and economic levels.

During Sunday service , the Patriarch held all interior and exterior parties who fuel violence in Syria responsible for what happened to the Syrian displaced, calling for putting an end to violence and to finding the peaceful solutions to the crisis.

The Patriarch pointed out that the church is committed by helping our Syrian brothers through its social institutions.       

Al-Ra'i also called on the Lebanese political officials and public sector workers to hardly work in political action to be free in taking right decisions ,stances and exert  every possible  effort to attain  beneficence and justice.

Obeida al-Mohammad


Cairo Opposition Protesters Come Under Attack

Unknown assailants have attacked opposition protesters staging a sit-in outside the Egyptian presidential palace in the capital Cairo, setting their tents on fire, according to Press TV.

The masked attackers threw Molotov cocktails at the protesters’ tents on Saturday and fired birdshot at security forces.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said that four tents were destroyed and a total of 15 people, including seven security forces, were injured in the attacks.

"The police and military police have been negotiating with us since yesterday to leave the square," Karim el-Shaer, an opposition protester, said.

"Suddenly and only half an hour after the negotiations failed, we found thugs attacking us and burning our tents under the eyes of the security forces," he added.

Protesters opposing the newly approved constitution began camping outside President Mohamed Morsi’s palace on December 4.

The opposition complains that the text of the constitution, which President Morsi supports, fails to guarantee the rights of Egyptian women and minorities.

Before the referendum on the draft constitutions, a number of violent clashes erupted as supporters and opponents of Morsi’s decisions staged demonstrations in large Egyptian cities. A number of demonstrators lost their lives during the political turmoil.