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Gilles Devers on Gaza: “The notion of ‘terrorism’ does not exist under international law”

ByTheEast: As a legal advocate for political causes, could you clarify who you represent in Palestine? Gilles Devers: I’m a dedicated supporter of the Palestinian cause. I work with everyone, without exception. Due to logistical reasons, my work primarily revolves around Gaza and the Hamas resistance movement. However, I also engage with various sectors of Palestinian civil society. Currently I am in the process of establishing contacts with the Palestinian...

The presidency is a Lebanese issue par excellence. We are awaiting the visit of French envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian to Lebanon, because he is following up on the issue from all its aspects and is informed on the steps, especially in terms of specifying the characteristics that were announced for the election of a president during the meeting that was held in Doha around a year ago. I’m not very optimistic, but the five-nation committee (for Lebanon) must continue its work through pressing the Axis of Defiance to stop its obstructive role.”

Samir Geagea

Lebanese Forces leader
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