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MIDDLE EAST:

QATAR DIPLOMATIC MOVES:

  • Qatar is stepping up its diplomatic moves in the region, playing its cards in Iran, Lebanon and Syria with the hope of regaining influence after its presence declined in recent years due to overlapping factors. Qatar’s hope of regaining its presence is mainly related to the presence of a new American administration that seems intent on increasing its pressure on the regime of President Bashar Assad and filling the vacuum left by the former administration of Donald Trump, which Russia exploited to control the political process through the Astana talks.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY


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LEBANON:

  • Qatar is seeking to play an active role in Lebanon by helping the cash-strapped country with money and investments, in a move that seems to be green-lighted by most regional and local actors, especially Hezbollah, which sees itself benefiting from any Qatari role that has the support of Iran. Qatar’s intervention is encouraged by Turkey, which will seek to benefit from Qatari investments to consolidate its presence in Lebanon’s Sunni regions at the expense of Saudi Arabia’s traditional role there.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY


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ISRAEL-LEBANON:

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday voiced regret over a stalemate in maritime border talks between Israel and Lebanon and offered Washington’s mediation. The two nations, which remain technically at war, opened negotiations in October after quiet US diplomacy seeking to clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration sought by both.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY


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Middle East

MIDDLE EAST

  • ISRAEL/LEBANON: Israel and Lebanon resumed US-mediated talks over their disputed Mediterranean Sea border.  The meetings follow a series of deals under which the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan agreed to establish full relations with Israel. The talks between Israel and Lebanon aim to kick-start hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

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Anti-Terrorism Actions (Lebanon)

ANTI-TERRORISM ACTIONS:

  • LEBANON: A special Lebanon tribunal found a member of Hezbollah -Salim Ayyash- guilty of the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The trial chamber is of the view that Syria and Hezbollah may have had motives to eliminate Mr. Hariri, despite there´s no evidence.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

 

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Anti-Goverment Protests

Lebanon

LEBANON:

  • LEBANON: Lebanon’s parliament gave the green light to impose a two-week state of emergency amid ongoing street protests. Human rights groups have warned that the state of emergency law will give the Lebanese military extensive powers to quell protests.

SOURCE: DW

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Anti-Goverment Protests

Lebanon

LEBANON:

  • LEBANON: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and number of ministers had already stepped down after mass protests against the government erupted in the country, after deadly Beirut port blast. Protests continue despite government’s resignation.

SOURCES: DW BBC

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Anti-Goverment Protests

Lebanon

LEBANON:

  • LEBANON: More lebanese protesters take part in protests demanding the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab and early parliamentary election. More clashes renewed between the security forces and protesters. Turkey and Iran, two of the most powerful countries in the Middle East that will seek to influence Lebanon in the wake of the explosion, are concerned about protests upsetting their plans.

SOURCES: GEOPOLITICS NEWS JERUSALEM POST

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Anti-Goverment Protests

Lebanon

LEBANON:

  • LEBANON: Lebanese protesters returned to streets in Beirut after the biggest blast occurred last Tuesday. They showed anger over the government and the political elite, who have presided over a nation that was facing economic collapse even before the deadly blast. The move came after the president of France Macron’s visit to Beirut. Over 57,000 Lebanese signed already an online petition to “place Lebanon under a French mandate”.

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH                               https://www.dailysabah.com/world/mid-east/angry-protesters-return-to-beiruts-streets-after-deadly-blast

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MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT:400px-BlueLine

  • ISRAEL-LEBANON: The Israeli army and fighters from the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah have traded fire across the border. The area has been tense for days after a Hezbollah fighter was killed in an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria.

SOURCES: BBC                                     https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53511336?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world&link_location=live-reporting-story