Minister Nouhad Machnouk inspects the Roumieh prison, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The Future Movement and Hezbollah Friday voiced support for government measures that shield the country against growing threats linked to the war in Syria.In a statement issued after a third round of talks, the two rival influential parties also said they had made "clear progress" in defusing sectarian tensions that can help bolster stability as Lebanon faces security challenges as a result of the fallout of the Syrian conflict. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, one of three senior Future officials representing the party in the dialogue with Hezbollah and who oversaw the Roumieh Prison operation, has said that a security plan would soon be implemented in the northern Bekaa region to crack down on kidnappings for ransom, killings, drug smuggling and car thefts.On the eve of Friday's session, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah sounded upbeat about the outcome of dialogue with the Future Movement.Hezbollah was represented by Hussein Khalil, a political aide to Nasrallah, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and MP Hasan Fadlallah.
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