Machnouk speaks to The Daily Star during an interview on Saturday, March 7, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk will start a series of visits Monday to regional and international capitals to garner support for the country's security institutions, which face a wide spectrum of challenges.Machnouk, who will take part in a meeting of Arab interior ministers in Algiers starting Monday, told The Daily Star over the weekend that he would pay a visit to Washington later the month in search of training programs to boost the capabilities of the Internal Security Forces and General Security. Machnouk said that his ministry has so far garnered $40 million to start building new prison facilities.Machnouk added, the Lebanese government has given the Interior Ministry $30 million for prisons, and the private sector through the Association of Private Banks has donated $10 million.According to Machnouk, the ISF received $200 million of the $300 million spent, while the General Security received $100 million.
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