Lebanon: The under-fire premier proposed reforms and addressed the protests in a televised press conference that followed a cabinet meeting during which much-delayed economic reforms and the 2020 budget were approved.
The Iraqi Central Government has begun implementing its order to remove customs checkpoints between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other Iraqi cities. Baghdad has also added that no taxes are to be levied on the goods on their way to central and southern Iraq.
Despite sporadic fighting, a crossing between forces of the Syrian regime and its opposition has reopened in Morek, near Idlib. Civilians have been allowed to use the crossing for the first time in three months.