General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Director-General of General Security Abbas Ibrahim visited Syria over the last 24 hours for negotiations on a cease-fire between Hezbollah and militant groups fighting in Lebanese-Syrian border area, and to discover the fate of missing Lebanese Army soldiers.Thursday, he negotiated the agreement in Syria that will allow the safe passage of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the Nusra Front) fighters from the outskirts of Arsal to Syria's Idlib, a security source told The Daily Star.There are 1 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, but Lebanese authorities put the actual number at around 1.5 million.Ibrahim may well act as a negotiator between the Lebanese and Syrian authorities to facilitate the return of refugees to Syria.
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