Defense Minister: Military Institutions Not Responsible for State Deficitإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said the Lebanese army is not responsible for the budget deficit but “successive economic policies and waste of public funds are.”
In a televised press conference, Bou Saad said “the current economic situation is due to successive economic policies. The military institutions and the Lebanese army are not responsible for the budget deficit.”
“It’s true that the budget allocated for the defense ministry is the largest in the government, but it’s not as mistakenly reported responsible for the deficit,” he added.
“Lebanese must know that the military institutions are tasked with protecting the country and security. They go to the front unaware of what their fate could be,” added Bou Saab.
He said his Ministry should decide on reducing military expenditures based on the spending needs of the army.