Minister of Information, Melhem Riachy, on Wednesday maintained that Lebanon and Egypt were stronger than any terrorist organization seeking to shake stability and jeopardize national unity in the two countries.

“The near future will witness an upturn in the region; Egypt and Lebanon will have a pioneering role in that respect,” Riachy said during a visit he paid to the offices of the Middle East News Agency, in Cairo.

At MENA, Riachy was received by the agency’s Editor in Chief, Ali Hassan. Director General of the Ministry of Information, Dr. Hassan Falha, and National News Agency Director, Laure Sleiman, accompanied Riachy on his visit.

The Minister indicated that the efforts exerted by Egypt and Lebanon to combat terrorism also required a certain level of development that should be as high as that of security.

He added that the presence of “strong” and “courageous” media was one of the key means to face terrorism. “In order to fight terrorism, we need media to keep the new generations away from terrorists who are misleading them,” he said, highlighting the necessity of education in that respect.

“The relations between the two countries are enrooted in history,” he underlined, expressing his ministry’s readiness to bolster cooperation with MENA.

In turn, Hassan said that Lebanon and Egypt shared a political view on fighting terrorism, maintaining that the civilized message of both Lebanon and Egypt is still persistent.

“The relations between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts are extended and deep-rooted; the churches and the mosques in Egypt belong to every Egyptian, and defending them is an obligation for each citizen,” Hassan stressed. He also confirmed keenness on carrying on cooperation between MENA and NNA, highlighting the necessity of intensifying coordination for the sake of Arab media.

Source: National News Agency