Lebanese Defense Minister Calls for Intelligence Sharing to Counter Terrorism

Reuters02.05.2016 Lebanon
Lebanese Defense Minister Calls for Intelligence Sharing to Counter Terrorism

Lebanese Defense Minister Calls for Intelligence Sharing to Counter Terrorism

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Lebanon’s Defense Minister on Thursday called on the international community to organize a process for intelligence exchange to assist in countering terrorism.

“Confrontation in Lebanon was also escorted by the acts of terror inside the country similar to those that took place in Sinai of Egypt and in Belgium. The Lebanese Army continues to fight on every front. Terrorists continue their attacks and intelligence activities. Actually, we also watch them carefully,” said Samir Moqbel (photo), who also serves as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, in an address to the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

We try to identify the members of the terrorist cells and bring them to justice. In this case, it is necessary to start exchange of the intelligence information between the countries," Samir Moqbel, who also serves as the country's deputy prime minister, said in an address to the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

Countries across the globe have been boosting their security measures following a series of terrorist attacks, including the downing of a Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015, attacks on Beirut on November 12, 2015 and on Brussels on March 22. Militants affiliated with Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries, claimed responsibility for all these violent attacks.

The Lebanese Defense Russian held talk with Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on 27 April, on the sidelines of the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow.

MCIS took place in the Russian capital from 27 to 28 April and focused on fighting terrorism. The agenda included global terrorism, as well as security challenges in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia.

The event brought together over 500 participants, including military officials and experts.

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