Suleiman pledges more protection for UNIFIL

Suleiman pledges more protection for UNIFIL

DEIR KIFA, Lebanon, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman promised Thursday more protection for U.N. peacekeepers two weeks after five French peacekeeping troops were attacked.
U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat arrived in Beirut as the United States ramped up pressure on Lebanon to fund a U.N.-backed probe into the 2005 slaying of Rafik Hariri.
Obama cites Lebanon arms smuggling

Obama cites Lebanon arms smuggling

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday he discussed the "extensive" arms smuggling ongoing in Lebanon with President Michel Suleiman.

Sleiman: Equal power-sharing must be kept

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A proposal to end Lebanon's political sectarianism must preserve diversity and power sharing, President Michel Sleiman says.
Lebanese president to visit Obama

Lebanese president to visit Obama

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman will visit U.S. President Barack Obama Dec. 14, the White House said Wednesday.

Clinton: U.S. won't 'sell out' Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will never "sell out" the Lebanese people by making any deals with neighboring Syria.

Sleiman OKs regional, not Israeli, talks

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 19 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman says he would support regional peace talks for the Middle East instead of direct talks with Israel.

Lebanon accuses Israel of violations

PARIS, March 18 (UPI) -- Lebanon's president is accusing Israel of continually violating his nation's territory.

Abbas: Let refugees return

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon have the right of return to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said during a visit to Beirut.

Sarkozy welcomes Syria's Assad

PARIS, July 12 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in France Saturday and met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the eve of a major Mediterranean summit.

Lebanon forms national unity government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese officials have organized a national unity government with 30 members, Cabinet Secretary-General Suhayl Buji said Friday.

Analysis: Hezbollah's armory up for debate

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Hezbollah's recent flexing of its muscles in Lebanon may well lead to an unintended effect -- the long-overdue disarming of the militant group.

Analysis: Damascus summit stresses schism

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- As expected, there were no surprises at the Arab summit in Damascus that ended Sunday without any breakthrough regarding the Lebanese presidential crisis. .
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Arabs leaders decry 'rise of Islamophobia'

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 30 (UPI) -- Arab leaders ended a summit in Syria Sunday by issuing a statement lamenting what they see as growing anti-Islamic sentiment around the world.

Lebanon leader's vote delayed 13th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Political bickering will delay the Lebanese parliamentary vote for a new president until February, the house speaker announced.
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Michel Sleiman
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 25, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kristoffer Tripplaar/POOL)

Michel Suleiman or Sleiman (Arabic: ميشال سليمان‎, born 21 November 1948) is the President of Lebanon. Before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces. After LAF commander Émile Lahoud took office as president in November of 1998, Suleiman succeeded him, taking his place in December. Suleiman was later elected President and was sworn into office on May 25, 2008.

Suleiman was born in Amsheet. He joined the Lebanese Armed Forces in 1967 and went on to graduate from the Military Academy as 2nd Lieutenant in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University. He is married to Wafaa Suleiman and has three children. His mother tongue is Arabic and he is also fluent in both French and English.

During his military service, he progressed from an infantry platoon leader to a Battalion Commander, and then assumed the position of a trainer in the Military Academy and in the non-commissioned officer School. From December 4, 1990 until August 24, 1991 he was appointed as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch of Mount Lebanon. The Lebanese Army Intelligence of Mount Lebanon was after the detention of hundreds of anti-Syrian demonstrators with some cases of reported torture. On August 25, 1991 he was reassigned to the post of the Army Staff Secretary-General until June 10, 1993. He was Commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade from June 6, 1993 to January 15, 1996, a period that witnessed violent confrontations with the Israeli forces in the West Beqaa Valley and South Lebanon regions. On January 15, 1996 he was appointed as Commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade and remained in this position until December 21, 1998, when he was appointed as the Commander of the Armed Forces.

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