Suleiman: Baabda Declaration, Defense Strategy Protect Lebanon against Aggression

President Michel Suleiman stated on Friday that Lebanon's economy and democratic system will protect it against challenges.

He added: “The Baabda Declaration and a defense strategy that places the resistance's arms at the will of the army will protect Lebanon against any Israeli assault.”

He also stressed the need to equip the army with modern weapons.

The president had held separate talks earlier on Friday with Lebanese Ambassador to Lebanon Michel Khoury and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced on Thursday: “We declare that we are ready to receive any game-changing weapons and we're competent to possess and protect such type of weapons and we will use them to defend our people.”

Nasrallah said the shipments of new types of weapons would serve as the Syrian reaction to Israel's airstrikes in the neighboring country last week. Syria has long been a conduit for Iranian weapons bound for Hizbullah.

Israeli officials say the Lebanese group has tens of thousands of rockets, but that most of them are unguided. Israeli officials said the shipments targeted in Syria twice last week included precision-guided missiles.

The Baabda Declaration, approved during a national dialogue session in June 2012, calls for Lebanon to disassociate itself from regional conflicts.

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