Lebanon the last 48 hours and the next few .

A Syrian man was arrested Sunday in south Lebanon on suspicion of belonging to the extremist Islamic State group, state-run National News Agency reported.

“Army intelligence agents arrested the Syrian B. N. in the al-Aqbiyeh area, al-Zahrani District, on suspicion of belonging to the IS group,” NNA said.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced Sunday that some parties are trying to “isolate” the LF by putting “vetoes” on its participation in the new Cabinet.

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel stressed Sunday that his party has no “hostile” stances towards anyone in Lebanon, while noting that President Michel Aoun “is known to be a man of surprises.”

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is inclined to demand a “Christian share” in cabinet during his expected meeting with President Michel Aoun although the Free Patriotic Movement is insisting that Christian representation must be confined to Christian parties a media report has said.

Residents of the al-Sfira town in North Lebanon blocked the major road to the village protesting a decision to establish a landfill in the area, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.The locals blocked the road with burning tires and protested the municipality’s performance and a decision to establish a waste sorting plant in al-Sawmaa in the outskirts of the Dinnieh district. 

The first visit that the newly elected President Michel Aoun will make is to Saudi Arabia where he plans to push for the reactivation of the Saudi grant to arm the Lebanese army after it was halted early this year, As Safir daily reported on Saturday.Preparations for the visit are ongoing, and the exact date will be set after the formation of the cabinet and after the cabinet wins a vote of confidence, added the daily.Sources close to the Foreign Minister told As Safir that Aoun does not want to restrict his visit to protocol measures, but wishes to give it a political character that includes a Saudi announcement of reactivating the 3 billion dollar grant for the armament of the Lebanese army with French weapons.The issue has been raised between French and Lebanese authorities earlier and the efforts of both parties are expected to push in that direction.

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