Gen. Aoun to Troops: Don’t Allow Anyone to Question Your Faith in Your Country
The Army Commander General Joseph Aoun issued Friday an order to the military on the occasion of the seventy-sixth anniversary of the Army Day.
Aoun said that Army Day this year comes a few days before the port explosion first anniversary, and “amid a strong economic and financial crisis and the continuing outbreak of Coronavirus.”
He thanked the Army for proving to be “the unifying national institution that has won the confidence of the people and the world,” and for showing “professionalism and adopting the highest standards of transparency in dealing with humanitarian and security files.”
“Do not allow anyone to take advantage of the poor living conditions to question your faith in your country and your institution,” Aoun cautioned, adding that "it is not allowed under any circumstances to plunge the country into chaos and destabilize its security and stability."
He also warned about “additional challenges” and ordered the army “to be ready to face them with wisdom, patience and deliberation” and to be “up to our people’s and the international community’s aspirations.”
Aoun added that “the Israeli enemy has recently increased its threats against Lebanon and threatened to launch a new war” and that the army is constantly “watching the border” to confront “the Israeli danger,” in addition to other challenges like “terrorism, the fight against drugs, smuggling and illegal immigration.”
He also paid tribute to the martyrs who “protected Lebanon and its people,” adding that the army will remain loyal to its oath “no matter how severe the difficulties and challenges are.”
Aoun advised the Army not to listen to “rumors,” reassuring them that his concern “has been and will remain the military and their families,” and his priority “has been and will remain the protection and fortification of the military institution.”