BEIRUT: Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Sunday that diplomatic missions are safe in Lebanon.
“We do not fear for the safety of diplomatic missions because security measures have been taken to protect them,” Chabel told As-Seyasah a Kuwaiti daily.
The minister denied reports that there are threats against some embassies in Lebanon.
Charbel also downplayed the importance of a recent decision by the U.S. State Department to evacuate non-emergency staff from Lebanon.
“Their presence at the embassy at the moment is not justified,” Charbel said.
The U.S. recently asked its non-emergency staff and their family members to leave Lebanon, citing security concerns in the wake of a potential military strike from Washington against President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria.
Charbel played down fears that Lebanon will be affected by the possible military strike against Syria over its regime's alleged chemical attack last month.