Former President Amin Gemayel met on Wednesday with the German Deputy Interior Minister Guenter Krings, on top of an official German delegation, with talks touching on local and international developments.

Krings said his meeting with Gemayel aimed at discussing the latest terrorist threats as well as the issue of Syrian refugees and their living conditions.

In response to a question, Krings said “The terrible incident in Belgium was not the first in Europe. Two years ago, an explosion claimed the lives of many people and it was carried out by a fighter from Syria. This accident was followed by a series of blasts in Paris, Brussels and Copenhagen. We were hoping that, after the incidents that took place in Madrid and London and the relevant procedures that were taken, terrorist operations would stop. But, unfortunately, the situation is getting worse.”

“We must work to maintain a certain level of security measures. It is known that the European countries and mainly Germany have tough security forces; and we are trying after every security incident to double the procedures and adapt them with what is happening, so as to keep security forces prepared to intervene effectively whenever barbaric operations like this occur,” he said.

Asked what would be the impact of this incident on the Syrian refugee status, the German Deputy Minister said “We do not see a direct link between refugees and terrorism. Refugees came to Europe to escape terror, and it is important to keep them outside the circle of doubt. We absolutely reject tying refugees to terrorism, but suspicious are rising over some persons. So, Germany is adopting measures to monitor who enters its border for, as long as the war in Syria is ongoing, terrorist threat will persist in Europe.”

Source: National News Agency

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Former President Amin Gemayel met on Wednesday with the German Deputy Interior Minister Guenter Krings, on top of an official German delegation, with talks touching on local and international developments. Krings said his meeting with Gemayel aimed at discussing the latest terrorist threats as well as the issue of...