Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, April 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah will appoint lawyers to defend members of the party in Egyptian courts who fled from prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's envoy to Lebanon told The Daily Star.Hamdy said that Egypt stressed the importance of Hezbollah acting as a Lebanese political power during the meeting.On the upcoming presidential election in Lebanon, Hamdy said Egypt hoped Lebanon would hold its elections on time, and that Egypt did not favor one candidate over another.Hamdy praised the performance of Lebanon's security forces in recently launched security plans in the Bekaa Valley and Tripoli, saying the Army and security services are "guarantors" for the country.He also said Egypt would campaign on Lebanon's behalf to encourage Arab states and the international community to reduce the burden of the refugee influx on Lebanon by providing aid to the Lebanese state and communities hosting refugees.Egypt currently has 300,000 displaced Syrians, Hamdy said, compared to over a million in Lebanon.Hamdy also discussed Egypt's upcoming presidential election.
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