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Machnouk: Hezbollah coordination limited to Tfail

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk attends a ceremony in Roumieh, Monday, June 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Security agencies coordinate with all necessary groups in Lebanon to ensure stability and peace, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in remarks published Friday, noting that Hezbollah and his ministry only worked on the Tfail case.

“There shouldn’t be any embarrassment over coordination between security and military agencies and any Lebanese party to secure the application of the law and put an end to the protection that some criminal and wanted people enjoy,” Machnouk told General Security magazine.

“Security agencies are tasked with building ties and coordinating with all functioning parties, and [they] benefit from that to stop the spreading of the Syrian fire in Lebanon or any other terror developments that could threaten us.”

Machnouk said he, along with security agencies, coordinated with Hezbollah to send aid to Tfail, a Lebanese border village that has become isolated from the rest of Lebanon due to the crisis in Syria.

“The relationship with Hezbollah was only to address the problems in Tfail,” the minister said. “But coordination did not surpass the humanitarian framework of the mission and had nothing to with terrorism or security or anything else. Coordination in that regard remains among security agencies.”

Machnouk also spoke about the security plans drafted for each region in the country, saying the plan in the north had achieved most of its goals while the crackdown in the Bekaa Valley relatively succeeded.





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