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.