According to the Lebanese newspaper 'Al-Nahar,' a new French security delegation will soon arrive in Beirut. The visit follows a recent one by the Director of French Intelligence, Bernard Emie. The delegation's meetings with Lebanese officials have already been scheduled. 'Al-Nahar's' Paris correspondent, Randa Takieddine, reports that French President Emmanuel Macron may visit the French forces under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) during the Christmas period, despite increasing tensions on the Lebanese-Israeli border.
Lebanon: A Potential Christmas Destination for Macron
It is a tradition for President Macron to visit French troops stationed abroad during Christmas. Lebanon is among the potential countries for this year's visit, although the decision is yet to be made. This visit could be seen as a gesture of support for the French forces operating under the UNIFIL amidst the escalating tensions in the region.
Tensions Escalate On Lebanese-Israeli Border
Tensions along the Lebanese-Israeli border have heightened recently, following Israeli strikes on the Lebanese army. This has led to an escalation of violence in the region, with UNIFIL forces warning about the rapid increase in violence. Lebanese caretaker foreign minister Abdallah Bou Habib has responded by instructing the Lebanese mission to the United Nations to lodge a complaint against Israel with the Security Council.
Lebanese Cabinet Imposes New Fee Amidst Waste Crisis
In a separate development, four years after the explosion of the monetary and banking crisis, the Lebanese Cabinet has discovered that the revenues of the Independent Municipal Fund are insufficient to cover the solid waste issue. 'Al-Akhbar,' another Lebanese newspaper, reported that the Cabinet has decided to impose a new fee in fresh dollars on residents, titled 'Household Waste Service Fee.' This effectively shifts the responsibility for the Cabinet's failure to manage the waste crisis onto the citizens.