BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk held separately two closed meetings Wednesday with his Saudi and Qatari counterparts on the sidelines of the Conference for Arab Interior Ministers held in Marrakech in southern Morocco.
Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Nayef reiterated his support for the Lebanese security institutions, especially concerning emergencies and the prison conditions in the country.
He also invited Machnouk to visit the kingdom and voiced his desire to visit Lebanon soon.
For his part, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister, stressed the need to distance Lebanon from Arab conflicts,
“Security should not fall apart under the pressure of political disputes,” the Qatari minister said.
He also emphasized that Qatari “security ties with Lebanon will continue.”
Machnouk is accompanied by a delegation that includes General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, Acting Police chief Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous and othertop security officials.