Aoun on Neutrality: We're Obliged to Defend Ourselves


President Michel Aoun announced Thursday that Lebanon is “obliged” to defend itself whether or not it becomes a “neutral” country.

“Neutrality does not mean that states give up their right to self-defense,” Aoun said during a meeting with a delegation from the Muslim Scholars Gathering.

“Accordingly, we have to maintain our stance: we won’t attack anyone or support disputes or wars at all, but we are obliged to defend ourselves, whether we are neutral or non-neutral,” the president added.

His remarks come a day after he met in Baabda with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

In his recent sermons, al-Rahi has repeatedly called for neutralizing the country as a way out of its multiple crises.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 16 July 2020, 16:17

Did Aoun defend himself when he ran away wearing his pink dinosaurs pajamas in the middle of the night in 1989-90?

I don’t think so.

Talk is cheap mr deserter.

Missing samiam 16 July 2020, 16:56

Aoun is trying to weasel out of committing to anything. Not a shocker

Missing rabiosa 16 July 2020, 17:08

Just like the government that does want to do any reforms, same thing here he does not want to commit to and enforce the dissociation policy. He was instructed not to by the actual ruler of the banana failed republic.

Thumb eagledawn 16 July 2020, 18:41

“بتبقى انت الحلم، والحلم ما بيشيخ
الله يحميك
بي الكل

A fearless man - A real leader - A true statesman.

Thumb galaxy 16 July 2020, 18:43

Aoun on Neutrality: We're Obliged to Defend Ourselves

and what has neutrality got to do with defending ourselves? Are you and your terror boss defending yourselves in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, etc?

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 July 2020, 22:22

Clown is just at an age where if he is awake he is delirious and actualy makes better sense for him to be put to sleep....metaphoricaly speaking of course....

Missing phillipo 17 July 2020, 10:50

Can someone please explain to President Aoun in any language that he understands what the exact meaning of "neutrality" is. I say this because his comments recently have been far from being neutral.