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Lebanese security stable, constantly improving - PM
June 23, 2014, 8:24 am
Lebanese PM departs Kuwait after brief visit

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam affirmed Sunday that the security situation in his country is improving despite the terrorist attack two days ago.

"For a long time the security situation in Lebanon has never been as stable as today," Salam said at a press conference in response to the UAE advice to its nationals against travel to the country.

Friday's terrorist attack on a checkpoint of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) in Bekaa region was "a transient incident that shouldn't be exaggerated," he said, adding: "We had seen more serious incidents and we were able to continue our life and cater for our guests.

"The internal security and stability in Lebanon benefit the Lebanese people and their guests particularly out brothers in the Gulf region," Salam pointed out.
"The security situation is generally under control and there is no need to panic," he said, urging the UAE to get reassured.

The Prime Minister noted that the various parts across the Middle East region suffer from unpredictable unrest at different degrees, adding that the media exaggerated the recent attack in Lebanon.
He commended the effective role of the Lebanese army and the ISF preventing the suicide bomber from reaching his target, thus warding off a bigger disaster.

The Lebanese security services were able to dismantle another ring of saboteurs before the formation of the incumbent interim government, he went on.

Commenting on the presidential stalemate, Salam said the constitution gives presidential powers to the cabinet in case the term of the head of state expires without electing a new president and "this is what's happening now.
"In its first policy statement, the cabinet stated clearly that we are committed to creating the atmospheres conducive to holding presidential vote," he stressed.

"In Lebanon or any other democracy a political struggle reaches its climax before culminating in a result that serves the national interests," he said, voicing hope that the political forces in his country would prioritize the national interests over their own partisan ones.

On the conflict in neighboring Syria and Iraq, Salam said the conflict has a spillover on not only Lebanon but the entire region as well. He added that there are no indications of the existence in Lebanon of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but terrorist cells could be found in anywhere around the globe.

Lebanese PM departs Kuwait after brief visit

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam departed Kuwait on Sunday after an official one-day visit in response to an invitation from his Kuwaiti counterpart His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Bidding farewell to the senior Lebanese official was the head of the accompanying mission Prime Minister Diwan Advisor Sheikh Dr. Salem Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a number of Prime Minister Diwan officials and the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaal Al-Qenaei.

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