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BOU SAAB RECEIVES POLISH MINISTER OF PUBLIC SECURITY, AMBASSADOR OF ITALY

Defense Minister, Elias Bou Saab, on Tuesday welcomed Polish Minister of Public Security, with whom he discussed Poland's decision to return troops to UNIFIL, as well as the development of relations between the two countries.

Discussions also focused on the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, with worries mainly about the repercussions of this file on the country.

Bou Saab said Lebanon wanted a safe return of refugees to Syria and could not wait for a political solution.

The Polish minister, meanwhile, informed Bou Saab that his country stood alongside Lebanon on this issue, through non-governmental organizations working to return 100 Syrian families to their country.

Separately, Bou Saab welcomed President of the Middle East and North Africa Department of NATO.

He informed his visitor of his intention to modernize the army so that it could face new challenges, asking of NATO for help in establishing a new partnership that would contribute to joint projects on the protection of cyber security.

Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Massimo Marotti, also visited the Defense Ministry, accompanied by a delegation representing "Fincantieri" company, which plans to sell boats to the Lebanese navy to strengthen its capacities.

Source: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY