NNA - Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nuhad Mashnouq, visited on Tuesday the General Directorate of General Security headquarters, on the occasion of launching the new Lebanese biometric passport.
Minister Mashnouq was greeted upon arrival by General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim and senior public security officers.
In his delivered word, Major General Ibrahim said he is glad to welcome Minister Mashnouq at the headquarters, to celebrate together the commencement of a qualitative Lebanese step represented in the new biometric travel passport.
"This step, whose first piers were laid more than ten years ago, came into force with the support of the Lebanese government and the direct follow-up by Minister Mashnouq," General Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim noted that this step is part of the development programs devised by the General Directorate, in the framework of the Directorate's sustainable work to update its offices, departments and centers across all Lebanese territories.
"The launching of the biometric passport, which adopts international safety standards more accurately, and in accordance with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization, is a new achievement to be added to the achievements of the General Directorate in all fields," the General said.
Minister Mashnouq, for his part, hailed the General Security's serious efforts in its close follow up on the issue of the fight against terrorism, bringing to attention that the Internal Security Forces, notably the Information Division, and the General Security managed to execute two proactive processes within one year to foil major terrorist acts in Lebanon.
On the biometric passport, Mashnouq pointed out that the Cedar placed on the cover sums up reflections and debate to render it a footprint that represents all the Lebanese.