Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nuhad Mashnouq received on Monday former Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, with talks touching on the latest security and political developments.
In the wake of the meeting Charbel said "Speaker Berri's package-deal is of major importance for the next president to begin his term on the basis of understanding over various issues, among which the premiership, the government, the election law and the administrative decentralization topics."
Charbel said his host had expressed optimism over the election of a president before the end of the year.
"I, too, confirmed that the beginning of a solution in Lebanon will be by the election of a Head of State," he went on, praising the work done by Minister Mashnouq at the level of security and politics.
Asked whether the security situation in Lebanon is still under control, Charbel said "the situation is excellent, but as long as Syria is shaken, there will be question marks over Lebanon's condition."
"Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow, but we should not fear civil war such as the ones we experienced before. We could hear of an explosion or an assassination here or there, as such incidents remain a possibility. However, the State's security and military institutions, notably the Lebanese Army, the General Security, the Internal Security Forces and the State Security are taking major proactive measures in this regard," he said.
On a different note, Minister Mashnouq met with MP Ghazi Aridi over the general situation.
Source: National News Agency