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Hrawi and Berri discuss local and regional developments

President Elias Al-Hrawi today held talks with House Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda. Discussions centered on a number of local and regional developments. But the house speaker refused to make any statements following the one-hour meeting. Berri early this morning arrived from a private visit to Italy.

Hrawi later held talks with a delegation of the previous municipal council in Beirut headed by Mohammed Ghazeeri. He also met members in the municipality of Bsharri.

In another development, the president today signed a decree that calls for the establishment of a National Lebanese Orchestra and ordered that necessary funds be allocated to carry out the project.

Hariri presides over Lebanese delegation to UN meeting next week in NY

Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri today arrives in Beirut coming from a private weekend in Paris. There, Hariri met Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam who is on a visit to the French capital. Meanwhile, the premier is preparing to head for New York on the 21st of this month. Hariri will preside over the Lebanese delegation to the 53rd session of the United Nations and is expected to deliver Lebanon's statement. In New York, the Lebanese Prime Minister is also due to hold talks with heads of Arab and foreign delegations to the UN meeting. Sources close to the premier said he might meet US President Bill Clinton during his visit.

Hariri heads cabinet session Wednesday

Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri will head cabinet's session Wednesday at the Grand Saray to discuss with ministers 53 clauses that are to top the agenda of talks. Among the issues to be tackled are the Lebanese-Egyptian agreements that were signed last Thursday in Cairo, a draft project that enables Lebanon and Italy to sign pacts on bilateral investments, a protocol on Lebanese-Tunisian cooperation on the cultural and educational levels, and an accord on media cooperation between Lebanon and Malaysia.

Arab League Council to discuss Israeli attacks on South Lebanon

Arab Foreign Ministers will tomorrow meet in Cairo under the 110th Arab League Council meeting. Discussions are expected to focus on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 425. The Arab officials will discuss the subject of Israel's occupation of South Lebanon and the Western Bekaa and the situation of Israeli detainees in Israeli jails.

Lebanon's Foreign Minister, Faris Boueiz heads to Cairo tomorrow to represent his country in the two-day session. Boueiz is expected to present a detailed report explaining the real situation in the South and the importance of Arab support to Lebanon's call for the unconditional implementation of UN Resolution 425.

Israel continues its attacks on Southern villages and the resistance retaliates

Israeli shelling today targeted the villages of Sawwaneh, Majdel Zoun, Mansouri, Byout Al-Sayyad, Wadi Al-Ezzieh, Al-Qayssieh, Kafra, Yater, and the valleys surrounding the western sector of the occupied zone. Shells that fell on Majdel Zoun damaged a number of civilian homes. Heavy Israeli shelling also targeted the village of Touline causing damage in some houses there.

The bombardment was preceded by Israeli inspection flights over areas situated in the central sector. Israeli warplanes also carried out mock air raids breaking the sound barrier over the central and western sectors of the zone.

For its part, the Lebanese Resistance today carried out operations against Israeli outposts in Taibeh and Qantara. Resistance reports said direct hits were scored in both attacks. The Amal Movement also announced its groups attacked the Haddatha, Radar and Hardoun outposts and an Israeli patrol passing in Al-Taibeh scoring direct hits among Israeli soldiers.

Monitoring group meets tomorrow in Naqoura

The international monitoring group is expected to meet tomorrow at the UNIFIL's headquarters in Naqoura. The panel will look into two complaints filed by Lebanon and Israel over violations of the April 96 Understanding.

The Lebanese complaint centers on recent Israeli attacks on civilian areas in the villages of Marj Al-Zohour and Zellaya that resulted in the injury of a number of Lebanese civilians there. The Israeli complaint was lodged over alleged resistance shelling of Israeli outposts from civilian areas in freed Southern villages and towns.

Prince Albert of Monaco tomorrow in Lebanon

Prince Albert of Monaco will arrive in Beirut tomorrow for an official visit to the country. He is scheduled to hold meetings with President Elias Al-Hrawi, House Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri, and Army Leader Emile Lahhoud. The visiting prince will tomorrow tour the downtown area and the headquarters of the Solidere company in Beirut. He will also meet the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Daniel Jouanneau, in the Pine Palace. The prince will be the guest of Agriculture Minister Shawki Fakhoury during a dinner ceremony held in his honor at the Casino Du Liban.

During his three-day visit to Lebanon, Prince Albert is also expected to tour a number of plantations and forestation sites, which was founded by the help of the principality. He will also inspect protected areas in Barouk and the Shouf region.

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