Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during the interview in Beirut, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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An Interior Ministry source confirmed to The Daily Star Tuesday that caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk will review the General Security decision to allow Iranians to enter Lebanon at the airport without having their passports stamped "in the next 24 hours".General Security, which oversees airport security, has defended its decision and said that Iranians' entry cards will be stamped instead.The source argued that since the interior minister is higher in rank than the General Security chief, the latter should consult and obtain the approval of the minister before deciding anything related to the country's borders and foreign policy.General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim recently defended the measures, saying they were a "common and normal practice" that was not new and was being implemented by Lebanese security authorities for citizens of all nationalities, not only Iranians.
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