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US to provide Lebanon with more than ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 May 2013

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Tuesday, May 14, with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues.

Gordon announced that the US will be providing the Lebanese government with USD 10 million to be added to the USD 36 million offered as part of a financial assistance package to help the Syrian refugees.

Suleiman and Gordon discussed the relationship between Lebanon and the U.S., regional issues, developments in Syria and the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, according to the statement.

Gordon, a coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, praised Suleiman’s role in preserving stability in Lebanon and stressed the importance of holding parliamentary elections scheduled for June, according to a statement issued by Suleiman’ office.

Gordon also condemned Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, which risks drawing Lebanon into the conflict and is counter to the Lebanese government’s policies,” the statement said.

According to a U.S. Embassy statement, Gordon expressed his country’s grave concern about the situation in Syria and condemned continued shelling of Lebanese territory from Syria.

He called on all parties in the region to avoid any actions that would exacerbate the crisis in Syria, increase the propensity for spillover violence, and negatively affect civilian populations,” the Embassy statement noted.

Gordon said his country urged all international donors to help Lebanon meet their obligations to the refugees.

The Embassy added that Gordon praised Beirut and the generosity of the Lebanese people for hosting and supporting thousands of refugees in Lebanon.

He reiterated Washington’s support for the so-called “Baabda Declaration” and Lebanon’s disassociation policy.

For his part, President Suleiman thanked the United States for its constant support to Lebanon in all the fields.

Gordon also held separate talks with House Speaker Nabih Berri in the presence of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly.

Gordon said the U.S. would maintain its support for the Lebanese Army in order to enhance the military’s capabilities along the border and inside Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 14, 2013
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 14, 2013
Length: 00:01:23
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Presidential Palace where the meeting was held
  2. Various shots of meeting of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Philip Gordon, a special assistant to United States President Barack Obama for Middle East issues in the presence of US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
  3. Various shots of Philip Gordon meeting with House Speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of people downtown Beirut
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Suleiman: Israel Plants Cluster Bombs...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Oct 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said on Monday, October 15, that Israel has never stopped damaging vast agricultural areas to displace citizens, adding that Israel should stop aggressions against people in agricultural zones of Southern Lebanon.
Suleiman gave a speech at a conference, marking the occasion of World Food Day, organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The conference was organized under the slogan “Agricultural Cooperatives Feed the World”.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
“The courtiers resorting to aggression and occupation should be forced to retreat and submit to international will. This applies to Israel, which has not stopped since its establishment, resorting to aggression and various aggressive practices, including damaging vast agricultural areas, uprooting tens of thousands of trees and burning gardens in order to displace farmers and villagers of whole towns, and broaden its area and impose a new reality. Isn’t planting cluster bombs and mines in Southern Lebanon a type of masked occupation?”
Suleiman said that attention should be given to the agricultural sector through the necessary funding, adding that the act of addressing the issue of food safety remains the Lebanese government’s first duty.
He announced that the government had begun implementing the agriculture development strategy since 2010 and was able so far to develop the agricultural infrastructure. Lebanese President also called for adopting necessary measures to introduce Lebanese products into world markets.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
“Therefore, the state started to apply the strategy of developing the agricultural sector since 2010 and managed to accomplish many basic stages of this strategy, including the development of agriculture infrastructure, providing studies and research, issuing and developing necessary legislation. All this effort focuses on the necessity of giving Lebanese farmers and all agricultural sectors the ability to be independent and to allow them to gradually go without all forms of government subsidies.”
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16, the day when the FAO was founded in 1945.
The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security.

Story: Suleiman: Israel Plants Cluster Bombs Southern Lebanon to Displace Villagers
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 15, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: October 15, 2012
Length: 0:01:46
Video Size: 87.9 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman amid crowds of cheering heading to the conference, marking the ceremony of the World Food Day
2- Wide shot of Suleiman heading to give a speech
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
“The courtiers resorting to aggression and occupation should be forced to retreat and submit to international will. This applies to Israel, which never stopped since its establishment to resort to aggression and various aggressive practices, including damaging vast agricultural areas, uprooting tens of thousands of trees and burning gardens in order to displace farmers and villagers of whole towns to broaden its area and impose a new reality. Isn’t planting cluster bombs and mines Southern Lebanon a type of masked occupation.”
4- Medium shot of Suleiman during giving his speech at the conference
5- Medium shot of Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Hussein Hajj Hassan
6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
“Therefore, the state started to apply the strategy of developing the agricultural sector since 2010 and managed to accomplish many basic stages of this strategy, including the development of agriculture infrastructure, providing studies and researches, issuing and developing necessary legislations. All this effort focuses on the necessity of giving Lebanese farmers and all agricultural sectors the ability of self-independence and to allow them to gradually go without all forms of government subsidies.”
7- Wide shot of the attendees cheering after Suleiman finished his speech

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Editor's Picks 15 September 2012
middle East
By Editor's Picks
14 Sep 2012

Warm Welcome For Pope Benedict XVI In Lebanon

US Embassy In Tunis On Fire; One Killed During Protest In Tripoli, Lebanon

Security Clears Areas Around US Embassy & Tahrir Square, Makes Arrests

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Swiss FM Meets with Lebanese Official...
Baabda Presidential Palace, Baabda, Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
27 Jul 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Friday, July 27, with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Baabda Presidential Palace where they held talks over bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest developments regarding the situation in the Middle East.

Burkhalter voiced his country’s support for Lebanon and Suleiman’s efforts to maintain stability and prevent regional events, especially Syrian ones, from negatively affecting Lebanon.

Both Suleiman and Burkhalter said it was important for democratic change to be achieved away from violence.

On the other hand, Swiss FM Didier Burkhalter met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri where the Syrian issue was the focus of their meeting.

Burkhalter stressed his country’s support for the political solution in Syria as the only way to end the ongoing massacre.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering has existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peaceful political solution must be inclusive.” Burkhalter hailed Suleiman’s call for dialogue among the Lebanese leadership and different political groups.

Furthermore Burkhalter met with his Lebanese counterpart Adnan Mansour where they discussed common issues between the two countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: July 27, 2012
Length: 0:01:58
Video Size: 116 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
2. Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
3. Various shots of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
4. Various shots of the meeting
5. Various shots of Burkhalter speaking during a press conference after meeting with Lebanese senior officials
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering had been existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peace political solution must be inclusive.” 7. Various shots of Burkhalter meeting with Lebanese FM Adnan Mansour
8. Various shots of the meeting

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Iran's Vice President Meets with Leba...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
04 May 2012

On his second day of an official visit to Lebanon, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, leading an Iranian delegation, met on Thursday, May 3, with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during the meeting of the Iran-Lebanon High Joint Cooperation Commission.

Following the meeting, Mikati praised the Iranian supportive position to Lebanon's stability, independence, and stance against Israeli threats.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"It was an occasion where I thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for the support it has provided, and is providing to Lebanon, and for the willingness it shows to assist Lebanon in all areas. I recall the positions of the Iranian officials supporting the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, and the security of its territories, and supporting Lebanon's struggle to liberate its land from the Israeli occupation."

Rahimi and Mikati expressed their hopes of seeing an end to the Syrian crisis, and the ongoing violence and bloodshed that has ravaged the country for over a year.

Rahimi stressed his rejection of any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, recalling the support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the resistance of Gaza Strip, and Lebanon against Israel.

For his part, Mikati reaffirmed his commitment to Lebanon's disassociation policy from Syria's internal affairs, at the same time conveying the message of the dire need to quell the fighting that threatens to tear the country apart, and destabilize the region.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"With regards to the events taking place in a number of dear Arab countries, particularly Syria, Lebanon takes a careful position not to interfere in the domestic affairs of these countries. Yet, Lebanon hopes for a solution that meets the wishes and aspirations of the peoples of these nations without violence, fighting and bloodshed."

The Iranian Vice President also held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in the presidential palace in Beirut, where he handed Suleiman a hand-written letter from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the conference of Non-Aligned Movement member states that will be in Tehran late September.

Suleiman welcomed the Iranian guest and his delegation, commending the good relations and constant cooperation between the two countries.

Rahimi arrived in Lebanon Wednesday, and has since held talks with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as well as a number of Lebanese officials including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

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U.S. Dignitary Feltman and Lebanese P...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2 and 3, 2012

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, concluded his visit to Lebanon on Thursday, May 3, with a sit-down between he and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, where they discussed solutions to enhance bilateral relations. Also on the docket were pressing regional issues, notably, the crisis in Syria.

Some analysts see Feltman's visit as controversial, due to the fact that it coincides with the visit of Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi to Beirut, and a number of Hezbollah’s top members stated their beliefs that Feltman's visit is merely aimed at sowing strife in the country.

Feltman arrived in Beirut from London on Tuesday evening and during his visit to Lebanon he met with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and other Lebanese political leaders.

During his talks with Berri, the U.S dignitary stressed his country’s support for democratic plural governments that protect the rights of all citizens, including ethnic and religious minorities. He also renewed U.S. commitment to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 3, 2012 (and May 2 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 3, 2012
Length: 0:00:57
Video Size: 56.7 MB
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of Feltman accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly heading to meet with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  3. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of Feltman and Ambassador Connelly leaving after the meeting with Berri
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US Top Senator Meets Lebanese Preside...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)

Top U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday, May 2, in Lebanon, where they addressed various issues including the Syrian crisis.

Lieberman also met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where they talked about Lebanon's disassociation policy from the Syrian internal affairs.

Lieberman told reporters after the meeting that the US Senate is concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the lack of regional and international efforts to support the Syrian opposition against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

He also praised the Lebanese praised the government for its support to Syrian refugees.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
"I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."

On Tuesday evening, Lieberman paid a visit to Progressive Socialist Party leader and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt where they discussed a number of issues including the US-Lebanese relations and the situation in Syria.

Earlier Wednesday, Lieberman visited the northern Lebanese bordering region of Wadi Khaled which hosts an estimated 24,000 Syrian refugees.

Lieberman's visit to Lebanon concludes a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:51
Video Size: 109 MB
Language: English
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
  3. Wide shot, Lieberman heading to a press conference after his meeting with Mikati
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
    "I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."
  5. Various shots of Lieberman's arrival and reception by Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  6. Various shots of the meeting of Lieberman with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  7. Wide shot, Lieberman and Jumblatt shaking hands
  8. Wide shot of the meeting attending by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
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Lebanese President Meets with Iranian...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
31 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 31, 2012

President Michel Suleiman and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met on Friday, March 30 with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian where Iranian senior official reiterated Iran’s support for the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine until all Arab territories have been liberated from Israeli occupation.
Abdollahian discussed with Suleiman the developments in the region. He also handed Suleiman a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirming Iran’s permanent support for Lebanon in various fields and at all levels.
Abdollahian said that he had discussed with Lebanese officials means of cooperation between the two countries and renewed Iran’s offer to help improve electricity supply in Lebanon.
It was also reported that Abdollahian met with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and held talks with him also over the developments of the events in Lebanon and the Arab region according to a statement released by Hezbollah’s media office.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 31, 2012
Length: 0:00:54
Video Size: 41.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot of the Lebanese flag
2. Wide shot of the presidential palace
3. Wide shot of the meeting of the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
4. Medium shots of Lebanese President reading the message that Iranian officials delivering for him from the Iranian President
5. Medium shot of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
6. Various shots of the meeting
7. Various shots of traffic downtown Beirut

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Lebanese Authorities Continue Raids o...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 14, 2012

The Lebanese authorities continue raids on food warehouses over the recent scandal of spoiled food, some of which having more than a year back expiration dates.
Five men are currently facing charges of attempted murder for knowingly processing and distributing spoiled food to the public.
President Michel Suleiman held a meeting Wednesday, March 14, with his ministers including PM Najib Mikati to discuss what he described as a "catastrophic" issue.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Suleiman called for merciless penalties for the importers, distributors and dealers of spoiled food.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 14, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
Length: 0:01:36
Video Size: 72.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
Various shots of Lebanese State Security men raiding meat warehouses
Close up, a red waxed bag of spoiled food with a tag written on it "prohibited for expiration date passage"
Various shots of meet at raided warehouses
Various shots of different kinds of processed meat displayed for sale at one stores
Medium shot, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman heading to a meeting with the cabinet
Various shots of the meeting
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese Information Minister Walid Daouk:
"His Excellency Mr. President opened the meeting session, stressing the horribleness of the issue of spoiled food, with regard to the types and quantities of seized spoiled food, considering the issue catastrophic for threatening the food security of the Lebanese citizens and negatively affecting the reputation of Lebanon."
Various shots of the press conference after the meeting

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Suleiman Commends Lebanese Economy
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Mar 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman commended the country's economy as firm and stable in the face of financial crises over the past few years, he said on the ceremony held in Beirut on Monday, March 12, marking the 60th anniversary of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce.
He added that Lebanon managed to avoid the ongoing tensions and crises in the region, hinting at the Syrian crisis, hoping peaceful solutions for them "within an Arab environment" in a way that responds to the legitimate demands of peoples.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
"Lebanon, as you know, managed to overcome many obstacles over the past few years, the last of which was the worldwide financial crisis. It was able to avoid the negative consequences to the tensions and crises that emerged in its geographic region. Lebanon hopes for solutions of these crises in a peaceful way agreed upon by all parties and within an Arab environment, meeting the legitimate demands of peoples and their needs for freedom, democracy, stability and development."
Suleiman urged Arab businessmen to work on improving the Arab job market to provide better opportunities for the youth, stressing that social growth and personal liberties are a guarantee to develop freedom and justice.
He also called for connection between Arab financial markets and establishment of investment banks where Arab funds would participate to implement development projects, noting that Lebanon's banking sector achieved considerable growth over the past few years.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:36
Video Size: 71.9 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce
2. Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman heading to the podium to make a statement
3. Various shots of the attendant Arab businessmen while Suleiman speaking
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman:
"Lebanon, as you know, managed to overcome many obstacles over the past few years, the last of which was the worldwide financial crisis. It was able to avoid the negative consequences to the tensions and crises that emerged in its geographic region. Lebanon hopes for solutions of these crises in a peaceful way agreed upon by all parties and within an Arab environment, meeting the legitimate demands of peoples and their needs for freedom, democracy, stability and development."
5. Various shots of Suleiman receiving an honoring gift from the head of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce Adnan Kassar
6. Pan right, external shot of Adnan Kassar Edifice for Arab Economy, the headquarters of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce