BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Lebanese newspaper revealed on Wednesday, the content of a visit made by a senior Lebanese security official to the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Tuesday night.

In an exclusive interview with the newspaper, Al-Joumhouria, the Director General of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, discussed the details of his visit to the capital Damascus and his meeting with Syrian officials, where the parties touched on a number of files most notably smuggling and border crossings.

According to Ibrahim, they discussed the situation and how to deal with the subject of movement of people between the two countries and how to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Ibrahim told the newspaper: “There are several files that called for my visit to Syria, especially the closing of the borders between the two countries, and I met with relevant officials in the security, interior and foreign affairs to coordinate the movement of the Lebanese to Lebanon, as well as foreigners who want to travel abroad through Beirut airport.”

Ibrahim stressed that “the borders will be opened now, meaning that the return of the Lebanese from Syria to the Lebanese lands and the foreigners who use Lebanon as a transit to abroad will be facilitated to cross. As for the Syrians going to Syria, the Syrian authorities are still closing their borders, but I knew that there are very close meetings in the coming hours will be during which the appropriate decisions will be taken to return the Syrians who wish.”

He added that his mission was “officially to research several issues of concern to both countries.”

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