Machnouk: I don't think about threats. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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"Saad Hariri is a political necessity and a national necessity".About the son of his late employer and friend Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Machnouk maintains that only Saad Hariri is capable of foiling attempts to radicalize Lebanon's Sunnis and engaging in dialogue with Hezbollah. It was in Paris that Machnouk met Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese businessman who would a few years later become Lebanon's prime minister and the country's most prominent politician in the post-Civil War era until his assassination in 2005 .After he became prime minister in 1992, Hariri appointed Machnouk as his political and media adviser. Those who know him all characterize Machnouk as a confident and farsighted go-getter. Aside from the accounts of his friends, Machnouk's accomplishments as interior minister in the past year stand witness. Machnouk said he informed Salam, Saad Hariri and Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi of the plan.The Interior Ministry building indeed housed Machnouk's office back when he was Rafik Hariri's adviser.
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