Syria gives nod to new Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi extended a note of congratulation Tuesday to his Lebanese counterpart, Tammam Salam, for forming a new government.

Lebanon pols battle over energy ministry to control gasfields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.

Syria war boost jihadist threat in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Syria's increasingly sectarian civil war has given impetus to the rapid growth of Sunni Muslim jihadists in Lebanon, a powder keg of sectarian passions, emboldening them to extend their reach by attacking the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah with deadly force on its home ground for the first time.

U.S. pledges support for Lebanon's security

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The United States is committed to supporting Lebanese efforts to maintain national security in the face of Syrian threats, a visiting diplomat said Friday.
Saudis' $3 billion gift biggest ever to Lebanese armed forces

Saudis' $3 billion gift biggest ever to Lebanese armed forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's $3 billion pledge to strengthen Lebanon's armed forces is the largest aid package ever given to the country's military, Lebanon's president said.

Lebanon's energy minister boasts gas reserves skyrocket, but ...

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Energy Minister Gebran Bassil says that the natural gas reserves off Lebanon's Mediterranean coast are far greater than previously estimated, and boasts of the possibility of 95.9 trillion cubic feet, plus 865 million barrels of oil.

Suleiman: Lebanon feeling strain of Syrian refugees

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Lebanon isn't getting the help it needs to cope with the number of Syrians streaming across the border to seek shelter from war, the Lebanese president said.

Lebanon needs help, friends say

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Lebanon must take responsibility for ensuring its own security but it needs support from the international community, the British foreign secretary said.

Syria rebel killed by Lebanese forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military said Wednesday a member of the Syrian rebel group al-Nusra Front was killed after crossing a checkpoint in the east of the country.

London issues security alert for Lebanon

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The British government said Friday it was advising against travel to areas along the Lebanese border with Syria, citing a risk of anti-Western sentiment.

Lebanese military put on alert

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military is called on to respond with "appropriate means" to weekend rocket fire from Syrian territory, the Lebanese president said.

Beirut wants to haul Israel before U.N.

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called on the government to raise an Israeli border incident with members of the international community.

Israel, Lebanon investigating border explosion

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman Thursday urged the military to investigate thoroughly a border incident that left Israeli soldiers injured.

Beirut attacks dampen Lebanese spirit

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Lebanon's foreign minister said Friday terrorist organizations were starting to take their toll on the nation's state of security.

Beirut reviews status of Hezbollah's arms

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said Thursday the issue of Hezbollah's weapons should be reviewed in light of regional instability.
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Michel Suleiman
Lebanon's recently elected President, Michel Suleiman (L) walks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during the Mediterranean Summit in Paris on July 13, 2008. Sixty-four years after independence from French rule both Syria and Lebanon have agreed to exchange diplomatic missions. Forty-three nations from the Mediterranean, including Israel and Arab States, are attending a summit; one of the major topics being discussed is to create a zone free of weapons of mass destruction among countries in the Mediterranean. (UPI Photo/Dalati & Nohra)

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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