SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 8 December 2021, Wednesday |

General Aoun addresses the military: You are the focal point around which the entire Lebanese population revolves

On the occasion of the 78th anniversary of the country’s independence, Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun issued the following statement to soldiers today:

“Dear troops, with so many national, political, economic, and living issues and challenges, the anniversary of independence comes fraught with anguish and promise.” The agony of the circumstance we are in, as well as the hope of getting out of it and overcoming it so that Lebanon can return to normalcy.

Military men, the confidence of the Lebanese and the international community in the military institution is the inevitable result of your performance, sacrifices, and efforts to end sedition and preserve civil peace, because you are at the same distance from all parties, and you are the unifying point around which all the Lebanese rally.

Servicemen and women, confronting the Israeli enemy and confronting it through readiness and vigilance on the southern borders, pursuing and eliminating terrorist cells, and your participation on the northern and eastern borders to thwart smuggling operations, in addition to the complexity of your tasks in maintaining security at home and contributing to the protection of living and development security All of this solidified the roots of freedom, preparing you for the enormous national duty bestowed upon you.