Lebanese Minister of Interior Bassam Mawlawi, in an interview with MENA correspondent in Beirut. MENA
In an interview with MENA correspondent in Beirut, the Lebanese interior minister said the historic relations between the two countries reaffirm the appreciation of the Lebanese people for Egypt, its leadership, and its people.
Mawlawi said Lebanon appreciates the continued Egyptian support for Lebanon, especially during the difficult times to overcome its problems.
He expressed hope for cooperation with the Egyptian side to benefit from the Egyptian security experiment, praising Egypt's measures to achieve security and stability.
On elections in Lebanon, the interior minister said the law stipulates holding elections between 21 March and 21 May 2022, but the House of Representatives recommended amendments to the law whereby the elections will be held on 27 March.
Regarding Lebanon's security, Mawlawi said work is underway to achieve security and stability, expressing his ministry's keenness on holding intensive meetings with security leadership.
On the political situation in Lebanon, he said there are good opportunities to achieve major successes in that field, but the problem lies with some people who favour political anxiety.
Asked about the issue of smuggling illegal drugs outside the country, he said he issued tight orders to ministry officials to search passengers, suitcases and shipments carefully to ensure the security and stability of Arab societies, especially Gulf countries topped by Saudi Arabia.
He expressed resolve to eliminate the smuggling of narcotics in Lebanon, pointing out that an attempt to smuggle four million Captagon pills was recently aborted.