President if the Republic, Michel Aoun, headed a security meeting, today at Baabda Palace, which included: the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Raya Al-Hassan, Minister of National Defense, Elias Bou Saab, Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Joseph Aoun, the Director General of General Security, Major General, Abbas Ibrahim, Director General of Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, Director General of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba, Director of Intelligence in the Lebanese Army, Brigadier General Antoine Mansour, Head of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces, Brigadier Khaled Hammoud, Head of the Information Affairs Office of General Security, Brigadier-General Minh Sawaya, General Director of the Lebanese Presidency, Dr. Antoine Choucair, and security and military advisor of President Aoun, Brigadier-General Paul Matar.

President Aoun praised efforts exerted by the military and security forces, during the past weeks, through events which took place in Beirut, and other Lebanese regions, calling for distinction between peaceful protestants and those who are carrying out riots and attacks.

Afterwards, the attendees listened to reports submitted by heads of security apparatuses, concerning the general conditions in Lebanon, and measures adopted to confront the elements which are being inserted among protestants, to carry out sabotage actions.

At the end of the meeting, it was decided to take the required measures to protect peaceful demonstrators, prevent attacks on public and private property, deter subversive groups and coordinate with judicial bodies to implement the laws in force. It was also decided to strengthen coordination, between the army and security apparatuses, to ensure proper implementation of all measures taken.

The President received the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, and discussed with him recent developments.

The Russian Ambassador also revealed that he briefed President Aoun on Russia’s position on Middle Eastern developments, and developments in other countries.

“I conveyed to the President, the wishes of the Russian leadership to develop the Lebanese situation to the better, and assured him of my country’s solidarity with Lebanon and its friendly state and people, especially in this delicate phase which Lebanon is going through. We discussed methods to develop bilateral relations between the two countries, and we discussed the issue of the return of the displaced Syrians to their country, in addition to the Russian position, in support of this return” Zasypkin added.

On the other hand, President Aoun met with MP Cesar Abi Khalil, and discussed with him the current situation, and the needs of Aley and Chouf regions.

Source: National News Agency

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President if the Republic, Michel Aoun, headed a security meeting, today at Baabda Palace, which included: the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Raya Al-Hassan, Minister of National Defense, Elias Bou Saab, Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Joseph Aoun, the Director General of General Security, Major General, Abbas Ibrahim,...