Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk meets with U.S. officials during his visit to Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (The Daily Star/Interior Ministry, HO)
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The U.S. is ready to provide Lebanese security services with equipment and training to help them fight terrorism, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said after holding talks with CIA director John O. Brennan.Machnouk and Richard discussed challenges facing Lebanon as a result of the influx of over 1 million Syrian refugees.The minister said that through steps taken by its government, Interior Ministry and security services, Lebanon was able to protect itself from fires surrounding it, underscoring the importance of U.S. assistance for Lebanese security agencies.Machnouk urged the swift appointment of a new U.S. ambassador to Lebanon to replace David Hale, who was posted to Pakistan, saying such a move would stress the U.S. commitment to Lebanon.
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