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Presidential election tops official talks in Lebanon

President Elias Al-Hrawi this morning received Deputy Jihad Al-Samad at the presidential palace in Baabda. Deputy Al-Samad later praised Hrawi's accomplishments and sense of responsibility. Al-Samad reported Hrawi does not wish his mandate to be extended.

From Bkirki, the head of the Liberal's Party Dory Shamoun announced he has no preference over any candidate for presidential elections. Shamoun was speaking after talks with Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Botrous Sfeir. After the meeting, Shamoun told reporters none of those running for candidacy up to now represents the Lebanese people's ambitions. Shamoun also announced that his party has not yet taken any decision concerning its participation in the country's political life.

Lebanese-Armenian Economic Forum opens in Beirut

Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri today opened a joint Lebanese- Armenian Economic Conference at the Summerland Hotel in Beirut in the presence of visiting Armenian Premier, Armen Darbinian. The Lebanese premier called for boosting economic ties with Armenia. He also urged Lebanese businessmen to take Armenia as a center for their activities, from which they can expand their businesses to the Caspian Sea region. Hariri also welcomed the visit of Darbinian and his accompanying delegation, praising the nature of bilateral ties between the two countries. Around 45 Armenian businessmen today participated in the conference. Lebanon and Armenia yesterday signed an agreement on double taxation, which is expected to boost the already strong relationships between the two countries.

Armenian Premier stresses cooperation between his country and Lebanon

Visiting Armenian Premier, Armen Darbinian, described the Conference on Lebanese-Armenian Commerce as a serious motive for strengthening cooperation between his country, Lebanon and other Arab countries in all fields. He also called on Lebanese businessmen and Arab investors to participate in the privatization process that is currently taking place in Armenia. Darbinian had specified his country's social, economic, and political orientations. Armenia's Prime Minister, who signed a double taxation agreement here yesterday, also hoped to conclude other accords on higher education, intelligence and tourism during his visit to Lebanon.

Kuwait's Trade and Industry Minister opens exhibition for Kuwaiti products in Beirut

The Kuwaiti Minister of Trade and Industry arrives today in Beirut where he is expected to open an exhibition, entitled "Shourouk", for Kuwaiti industrial products. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 5:30 this evening at the Forum Du Beirut in the presence of Lebanese Trade and Economy Minister, Yassin Jaber. The Kuwaiti Minister is expected to hold talks today with Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri at the Grand Saray. He will also meet President Elias Al-Hrawi at the presidential palace at noon tomorrow.

New US ambassador arrives in Beirut today

The new US ambassador to Lebanon David Satterfield today arrives in Lebanon to take office in Beirut in replacement of former US ambassador, Richard Jones. During the year 1988, Satterfield had served as the US ambassador to Syria. He also worked as an advisor in the White House.

Iranian Minister starts tomorrow official visit to Lebanon

Iran's Minister of Culture, Information, and Tourism, Abdullah Mahajrani is expected tomorrow in Beirut for a four-day official visit. Following a similar visit to Damascus, the Iranian official is scheduled to hold talks with President Elias Al-Hrawi, House Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri. He will also meet Lebanese Ministers of Information, Tourism and Culture and the Secretary General of Hizbullah, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. Mahajrani is also expected to hold a series of cultural discussions during his visit to Beirut.

Israel escalates attacks on South Lebanon

Israel today continued its attacks on civilian villages near the occupied zone. Shells originating from Israeli outposts in Zaffateh and Aysheyyeh targeted the riverbanks of Nabaa Al-Tasseh, Litani and Zahrani, the fields of Sojod-Rayhan, Jabal Al-Rafii, and other areas in the Iqlim Al-Touffah Mountain Ridges. Israeli artillery also bombarded Wadi Al-Hojeir and the outskirts of Froun, Ghandourieh, Sawwaneh and Wadi Al-Aysheyyeh from its positions in Mhaydeeb.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes carried out mock air raids over Nabatieh and Iqlim Al-Touffah.

For its part, the Amal Movement today attacked the Israeli outpost in Swaydaa scoring direct hits in the operation. The Salaa position was also hit by a group of the Lebanese Resistance.

Arab League Council adopts Lebanon's stance on the liberation of occupied zone

Foreign Minister Faris Boueiz today arrives in Beirut after a visit to Cairo where he headed the Lebanese delegation to the 110th Session of the Arab League Council. The council earlier today concluded its talks in the Egyptian capital. The Arab League committee adopted in its final statement Lebanon's position regarding the necessity of the immediate and unconditional implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 425.

Lebanon's statement had also highlighted the situation of Lebanese detainees in Israeli jails and the continuous Israeli attacks on civilian areas in South Lebanon and the Western Bekaa.

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