(MENAFN) Lebanon's awaited parliamentary elections were guaranteed to be on schedule as "70 percent of the preparations are now complete."
After concluding a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq declared "I assured the president that key progress has been made in preparations for the elections. We have completed 70 percent of the work."
The minister also revealed he informed the president about "the outcome of the Rome II conference where the international community has expressed its interest in maintaining Lebanon's stability."
He further disclosed "we discussed as well the issue of the defense strategy which reflects the Lebanese commitment to dialogue."