NNA – Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nuhad Mashnouq, on Wednesday met at his ministerial office with Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service Nick Westcott, accompanied by EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen.
Talks reportedly touched on most recent security and political developments in Lebanon.
Westcott congratulated Minister Mashnouq on the Cabinet’s approval of the new vote law, expressing the EU’s readiness to provide the Ministry with the necessary technical expertise and logistic assistance in the framework of its preparations for the implementation of this law.
Mashnouq briefed the EU Official on the efforts exerted by the various political parties to crystallize the endorsement of the long awaited vote law, thanking the efficient role played by President of the Republic Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and House Speaker Nabih Berri and other political forces in this regard.
Mahnouq also told his visitor that “the Ministry kick-started a technical workshop to put all the necessary arrangements to implement the content of the new vote law in terms of the fundamental amendments to be introduced into the electoral process.”
Due to the complexities of the new vote law and the immense efforts needed for its implementation, Mashnouq asked the EU to provide the necessary technical support to the Interior Ministry, in order to fulfill the elections in the best possible way.
Mashnouq and the EU delegation also dwelt on the current security situation, and prospects of bolstering joint Lebanese-European cooperation projects with the various security services affiliated to the Ministry of Interior.
Turning to the Syrian refugees’ crisis, Mashnouq urged EU’s equivalent support to the displaced people their hosting communities, calling for setting up new infrastructure projects that will create new employment opportunities for both the Lebanese and the Syrians.
On the other hand, Mashnouq met with “National Dialogue” Party chief Fouad Makhzoumi, with talks reportedly touching on the new vote law issue. Makhzoumi welcomed the agreement reached on a new vote law based on proportionality.