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The Secretary General of the Arab League Issmat Abdel Majid today stressed the league's support for Lebanon's stance regarding Israel's unconditional pullout from South Lebanon and consequently a halt in its daily attacks on the South. Abdel Majid seemed confident of the implementation of UN Resolution 425 praising the Lebanese people's will to resist and to remain united. The Secretary general also stressed the role of the Lebanese resistance in South Lebanon. After talks with President Elias Al-Hrawi at the presidential palace in Baabda, Abdel Majid this morning condemned Israel's continuous attacks on civilians in South Lebanon. His talks with the president mainly centered on recent developments regarding the security situation in the South. He also briefed the president on discussions held yesterday at the opening of the Arab Conference on Legal Arbitration in Economic and Trade issues at the chamber of commerce and industry in Beirut.
The situation in South Lebanon was high on the agenda of talks held by Lebanon's three top leaders last night. At Baabda, President Elias Al-Hrawi and House Speaker Nabih Berri met late yesterday to discuss recent developments in the South. Berri is expected to leave for Italy next Monday in a private visit.
The issue was also the center of a meeting held yesterday at the residence of Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam in Bloudan. The meeting grouping Khaddam, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri, and War Displaced Minister Walid Jumblatt was also aimed at breaking the ice between Hariri and Jumblatt following their recent war-of-words over the war displaced file and ways to fund the return of the displaced to their homes and towns. The premier today travels to France for a private vacation.
The Syrian daily Al-Baath today praised the efforts paid by France in preventing further escalation in the region. Al-Baath welcomed stances taken by Paris in the last 24 hours regarding the situation in South Lebanon. The newspaper highly appreciated French President Jacques Chirac's recent statement of France's refusal of a programmed death of the Mideast peace process. Paris lately briefed Lebanon, through its ambassador in Beirut, over its efforts to calm down the situation in the South. For its part, Al-Thawra Syrian daily reported that the present situation indicates that Israel is preparing for a wide-scale attack against Lebanon. Al-Thawra added that the dangerous situation that is currently prevalent in the region is a direct result of the Israeli government's hard-line policies regarding peace in the Middle East.
The April Understanding International Panel is to meet Monday morning at the UNIFIL's headquarters in Naqoura. Five complaints, three Lebanese and two Israeli, will be presented for discussion by Lebanese, Israeli, American, Syrian, and French delegates to the group. The Lebanese complaints center on Israeli attacks on civilian areas in the villages of Arab Saleem and Gargoua in Iqlim Al-Touffah and Mashghara and Ain Al-Teeneh in the Western Bekaa. Seven Lebanese civilians were injured in these attacks. For its part, Israel lodged two complaints alleging the resistance launched attacks on Northern Israel from civilian areas in South Lebanon. The truce bans attacks to be launched from civilian areas or towards civilian areas.
After a day of relative calm, Israel today renewed its attacks against civilian areas in the South. Shells fell on the village of Majdel Zoun damaging drinking water resources in the village. Israeli bombardment also targeted Touleen, Qalaway and Wadi Al-Hojeir from its positions in Mhaydeeb.
For its part, the Lebanese resistance detonated a bomb on the Sheehine road targeting an Israeli allied militia patrol. The resistance said direct hits were scored among the militiamen. A militia source, however, admitted one militiaman was lightly wounded in the attack.
Immigrants Minister Talal Arslan today called on the US public opinion to condemn Israeli crimes that are being committed daily against the Lebanese people. Arslan also called on the US public to support Lebanon's rightful demands regarding the implementation of international resolutions and the unconditional pullout of Israeli troops from South Lebanon and the Western Bekaa Valley. Arslan stressed the natural right of the Lebanese resistance to defend the country against the occupier. The Immigrants Minister was speaking in the municipality of Detroit as part of his official visit to the US and the Lebanese community there.
Minister of Trade and Economy Yassin Jaber today visits the Syrian capital ahead of an official trade delegation to participate in the opening of the Damascus International Exhibition which Lebanon takes part in. Jaber and the accompanying delegation is expected to attend tomorrow the events of the joint Syrian-Lebanese Economic Day, which will be held in the Sheraton Hotel in the Syrian Capital.
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