Future Bloc: Attempts to Undermine Relations with Saudi Arabia will Fail

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo
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Future Bloc: Attempts to Undermine Relations with Saudi Arabia will Fail

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Lebanon’s Future parliamentary bloc warned against campaigns to undermine its relations with Saudi Arabia, underlining the presence of local and regional media outlets that publish fake news and fabricated reports to harm the interests of the Kingdom and other Arab countries.

In a statement following its weekly meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the bloc noted that an ongoing campaign was aimed at distorting and inciting resentment against the Kingdom by circulating false stories that will hurt Arab countries.

The bloc warned “those seeking to damage Lebanon’s relationship with Saudi Arabia that their plan will fail.”

The statement emphasized the Future Bloc’s “commitment and loyalty - in all its bodies and political formations – to the relationship established with Saudi Arabia.”

The bloc praised the “major investment programs in infrastructure, which are being prepared by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, to be presented by the government at the international support conference, to help Lebanon develop and strengthen its infrastructure and contribute to restore economic growth and increase employment opportunities.”

It also highly valued the premier’s effort to contain the repercussions of the recent crisis between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabib Berri over the decree of the officers’ promotion.

On a separate note, the bloc hailed the “high professionalism of the internal security forces and the information division which, in a record time, revealed that one of the assistants of Major General Ashraf Rifi organized a shooting against his car in Tripoli – an operation that spared the city and its people a useless futile sedition.”

The Future bloc also condemned a car bomb in Sidon Sunday that targeted a Palestinian official, describing it as “a crime aimed at destabilizing the city [Sidon] and Lebanon.”



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.