Suleiman Asks Security Forces to Protect Towns on Border with Syria, Congratulates Egypt on Referendumإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman on Sunday announced that he has asked security forces to protect Lebanese towns near the border with Syria “from any attack.”
“Suleiman has asked military and security officials to take all the necessary measures to protect Lebanese villages and towns near the border with Syria,” said a message published on the president's Twitter account.
“Protecting Lebanon's regions and residents is a priority in the face of any attack, whichever side it may come from,” Suleiman added.
Nine people were killed on Friday in a rocket attack on the border town of Arsal. Five of the killed were children from the same family.
Several other people were also wounded when rockets landed in nearby towns in northern Bekaa.
Separately, Suleiman congratulated Egypt's Interim president on the outcome of the latest referendum on the Constitution.
In a telephone conversation with Interim president Adly Mansour, Suleiman welcomed the choice of the Egyptian people, who sought for moderation and democracy.
Suleiman also hailed the leading role that Egypt plays in the region and the world.
He hoped for stability for the Egyptian people and their country.
Egyptian voters have approved a new constitution by 98.1 percent, the elections chief said Saturday, in what the government declared a popular endorsement of the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
The result of the Tuesday-Wednesday vote had never been in doubt, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists boycotted it, but the authorities wanted a large turnout in the first democratic test since the ouster in July.