EU counterterrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove speaks in Beirut, Thursday, March 2, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A broad-spectrum, coordinated and national approach is crucial to a successful counterterrorism strategy, the EU's counterterrorism coordinator said Thursday after a high-level meeting with Lebanese officials on a national counterterrorism strategy. Gilles de Kerchove was returning to Lebanon for the continuation of a Lebanese-EU counterterrorism dialogue launched in January 2016, co-chairing the meeting with Director of Political and Consular Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Charbel Wehbi, aimed at supporting Lebanon's aim to adopt a national strategy.The discussion was hosted by the EU and the Lebanese Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Movenpick Hotel in Raouche and attended by EU Delegation Ambassador Christina Lassen, counterterrorism experts from the EU and representatives from the Lebanese Parliament, various ministries, security agencies and civil society. The meeting was primarily a forum for sharing expertise and best practice from the nine EU member states attending and counterterrorism experts present, de Kerchove said. While de Kerchove noted that the Lebanese security apparatus showed strong resilience and was cooperating well in response to terrorism threats, the meeting highlighted a need for an overall strategy and a single coordinating body to implement it.
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