COUNCIL OF MINISTERS TO CONVENE IN SESSION SOON

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday announced that Prime Minister Najib Mikati will convene the cabinet soon to discuss an array of necessary affairs, including a World Bank's study on the impact of the Syrian displacement on Lebanon. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

HRH the Crown Prince Receives Ukrainian President

Jeddah: His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received in Jeddah today President of the Republic of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. HRH the Crown Prince welcomed the Ukrainian president to the Kingdom. In turn, the Ukrainian president expressed his happiness at visiting the Kingdom and meeting with HRH the Crown Prince. The two sides reviewed relations between the two countries and discussed the developments of the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. HRH the Crown Prince reaffirmed the Kingdom's keenness and support for all international efforts aimed at resolving the crisis, while continuing to contribute to finding ways to mitigate the humanitarian impact. The Ukrainian president expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Kingdom in this regard. The meeting was attended by Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salma n bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of State, Cabinet Member and National Security Advisor Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, who is also the Accompanying Minister, Saudi ambassador to the Republic of Ukraine Mohammed Al-Jabreen, and the Ukrainian president's accompanying delegation. Source: Saudi Press Agency

ARMY CHIEF HOLDS SERIES OF MEETINGS IN USA

The Lebanese Army on Wednesday said via 'X' platform that Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, met during his visit to the United States of America, with the Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Charles Q. Brown Jr., and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL). The discussion addressed the general situation in Lebanon and the region and ways to support the army during the current exceptional phase. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

HRH the Crown Prince Congratulates Russian President on National Day

Jeddah: His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has sent a cable of congratulations to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on his country's National Day. HRH the Crown Prince wished Putin continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of the Russian Federation steady progress and prosperity. Source: Saudi Press Agency

MIKATI MEETS AMBASSADORS OF QATAR, UK

Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, met Wednesday at the Grand Serail with Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon, Saud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, over the latest political developments and the bilateral relations. Mikati later welcomed British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamish Cowell, with whom he discussed the bilateral ties between Lebanon and the UK. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

PM stresses the importance of the armament file as it is an entitlement linked to ending the presence of the int’l coalition

The Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, chaired the third meeting of the Supreme Armaments Committee. Al-Sudani stressed, according to a statement by his media office, the importance of the armament file within the government's program, as it is an entitlement linked to ending the presence of the international coalition. The Commander-in-Chief entrusted the faction commanders with determining the weapons they need, indicating that the required financial allocations for armaments will be placed in the 2024 budget tables. The Prime Minister stressed: 'Completing the armament procedures has become a necessary and priority issue. Source: National Iraqi News Agency