President Aoun meets with the army commander at the head of the army command delegation
The commander of the Lebanese army, General Joseph Aoun, underlined on Monday that among the state institutions that we know today, there remains the only and last coherent military institution, the basis of the Lebanese entity and the guarantee of its security and stability. only the stability of the region, contrary to all the skeptics and those who bet on its disintegration and collapse.
General Aoun reiterated his confidence in the sons of the military institution, and his pride in their dignity, “that we will not allow anyone to touch them”.
Positions of the commander of the army intervened during the speech he gave to the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, when he met him at the head of a delegation of commanders at the occasion of the 77th Army Day.
“Greetings from the Commander of the Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun to the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun on the occasion of Army Day 1-8-2022.
Seventy-seven years, a long march in the history of the army, which was created shortly after the independence of Lebanon, carrying the responsibility to defend it with honor, sacrifice and loyalty… and honesty. It is the Secretariat for the Preservation of Lebanon, an independent entity, safe from all dangers and threats. We still carry this confidence in our veins, and in our uniforms saturated with the blood of martyrs and the wounded, and with the sweat of steadfast, proud, heroic soldiers, whose brow bows only to the flag of their country.
While the citizens are suffering hard from the crisis that afflicts our country, and are fighting for their survival, they find the soldiers of their country at their side, who are facing this crisis with determination, will, vigor… and insistence on firmness with living flesh awaiting its end. The army bears its full responsibility to its homeland and its people, amidst the multiplicity and complexity of its tasks, refusing to surrender, honoring its oath, regardless of the sacrifices. Since its inception, the army has fought many wars and battles, facing the harshest conditions, divisions and accusations, and confronting militias, the Israeli enemy and terrorism. But all these challenges did not overcome him, so the army remained steadfast…and still is. Our history bears lessons: whoever harms the army, it is he who loses and he is condemned… Whoever attacks the army, history rejects him.
In the midst of the failing state institutions that we know today, the military institution remains the only and last coherent military institution, the bedrock of the Lebanese entity, guarantor of its security and stability as well as the stability of the region, in contrast to all skeptics and those betting on its disintegration and collapse. Is the institution that confronts terrorism, drugs and protests, maintains civil peace and keeps pace with parliamentary elections and other national issues seen as stumbling and disintegrating? The institution that pushed the best of its youth on the altar of the fatherland, compared to the rest of the unproductive institutions? Is she steadfast because her sons face all difficult circumstances with will and determination, and face challenges and the financial crisis, with all its repercussions, with discipline and faith in the sanctity of the mission. Before Your Excellency, I reiterate my confidence in them, and my pride in their vigor and their dignity, which we will not allow anyone to harm. I am convinced that we will pass this difficult and delicate stage, thanks to the determination and the will of our soldiers, and with the support of the Lebanese, residents and expatriates, as well as friendly countries.
We know the magnitude of the challenges you face and the responsibilities you bear. We all have hope and confidence that we will pass this stage with minimal loss, amid international and regional shifts, the frequencies of which may reach our inner stage. We have before us national and articulated rights, the closest of which is the demarcation of maritime borders. We are committed to any decision you take in this regard in the interest of Lebanon and the good of the Lebanese people, and this is entrusted to you.
Finally, we promise you, as we promise our compatriots, that we will remain on our oath. What concerns us, and what concerns us, is to fortify the military institution, to keep it out of any interaction, to keep it coherent and capable of protecting Lebanon and preserving its stability.
Long live the army, long live Lebanon”.
For his part, President Aoun welcomed the delegation, welcoming the opportunity.
President Aoun said: “The army commander spoke in his speech about the difficulty of the situation in Lebanon, and I, in turn, highlighted my speech today during the ceremony. of Officers’ Graduation at the Military College on the difficulties and challenges faced by the military establishment, the soldiers, their families and the whole country”.
President Aoun also pointed out that “We are suffering from an economic and financial crisis, and the corrupt are still present in the state, and after two years, five months and 15 days, I was able to start the medical audit. legal, and it started. working since June 27,” emphasizing the importance of preserving justice to preserve the state.
The President also assured the delegation that “the armed forces and the judiciary are the two main pillars for the preservation of the state, because the security and military agencies are the ones who detect crime and get their hands on it, while that the judiciary is the one responsible for accountability”.
“The situation in Lebanon is exceptional, it is going through a phase of internal fragmentation and this is what we must remedy by changing the economic situation”, declared President Aoun, stressing the importance of “the extraction of oil and of gas, which is helping to revive the economy in Lebanon, after reaching an agreement to delimit the maritime borders of the south, and God willing, this will soon be achieved”.
Furthermore, President Aoun enumerated the challenges facing Lebanon which aggravate its economic crisis, starting with the Syrian war and its repercussions, in particular the large number of displaced Syrians that Lebanon has hosted, up to the events of October 17, 2019 and then the Corona pandemic, the explosion in the port of Beirut and the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Finally, the President underlined that in the difficult conditions in which we live, there is no room for despair.
“The situation needs patience and strength for us to recover,” President Aoun concluded.