Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Tuesday, 09-Jul-2024 22:50

There is "no clear progress in the presidential impasse," amidst direct Lebanese obstinacy towards a political solution. Meanwhile, the southern front witnessed another heated round of military confrontations today. All eyes are now on the speech of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah at the central Ashura council, following the killing of a senior member of his ranks in an Israeli airstrike on his car in Syria.

In the context of continuous Israeli threats, the Israeli Foreign Minister was quoted as saying to Hezbollah Secretary-General after the latter published aerial footage over the Golan Heights: "If you do not cease the threats and violence and withdraw to the Litani River, you will be responsible for the destruction of Lebanon."

At the cabinet session, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati affirmed that "regardless of the rising concern over the security situation in the south and the threat of an Israeli war on Lebanon, our focus remains on preventing the expansion of the war." Furthermore, the council tasked Minister of Culture Mohammad Wissam Al-Murtada to meet with both the Minister of Defense and the Army Commander to address the dispute regarding the results of the military academy entrance exam.

Regionally, a high-level Egyptian source confirmed that the Egyptian security delegation is heading to Doha tomorrow on a mission to bridge views between Hamas and Israel to reach a truce agreement as soon as possible. He pointed out that there is an agreement on many points, with negotiations set to resume tomorrow in Doha and in Cairo the day after.

In the same context, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and CIA Director William Burns discussed ways to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and a prisoner exchange between Israel and Palestinian factions in the strip. Sisi reiterated his rejection of the continuation of Israeli military operations in Gaza.

Internationally, the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation against National Rally leader Marine Le Pen on suspicion of illegally financing her 2022 presidential campaign, as reported by BFMTV citing sources. The investigation began following a complaint from the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing, and while suspicions regarding election campaigns were not limited to Le Pen, judicial investigations have started against her.

On a different note, the Kremlin announced that Russian forces did not bomb a children's hospital in Kyiv on Monday, stating that it was hit by anti-missile shells launched by Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Czech Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador over the attacks on Ukrainian cities, according to American media.

Economically, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, announced an agreement with the Indian side on new Russian investments in the Indian market worth 100 billion rubles.