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Aoun Accuses ‘Global Travelers’ of Incitement against Lebanon

Aoun Accuses ‘Global Travelers’ of Incitement against Lebanon

Sunday, 2 August, 2020 - 07:00
Lebanese President Michel Aoun delivers a televised address on Army Day. (Dalati & Nohra)
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President Michel Aoun accused on Saturday individuals, whom he described as “global travelers”, of creating incitement against Lebanon and its people.


Without naming these individuals, he held them responsible for withholding help to the Lebanese people.


In a televised address on the occasion of the 75th Army Day, he vowed that he will continue to “walk the minefield” and to exert the impossible for the sake of Lebanon’s salvation, vowing that he will never quit.


“Lebanon is waging today a war of another type, probably fiercer than military wars, because it affects every Lebanese in their very living, their lifetime savings and the future of their children, while the economic and financial situation is putting strains on everyone, sparing no one,” he added.


“In this war, the enemies of Lebanon are numerous. The first enemy is the rampant corruption in the institutions and in many individuals. It is resisting fiercely but the steps towards its eradication are moving slowly, but steadily,” Aoun said.


“The second enemy is every person who manipulates the livelihood of the citizens to accumulate profit,” he stated. “The third enemy is every person who has contributed and is contributing to undermining our national currency to accumulate wealth.”


“The fourth enemy is every person who launches rumors to spread despair and who travels the globe, inciting against their nation and their own people, trying to withhold any assistance from them,” he remarked, while also highlighting the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak.


“Triumphing in this war depends on us all, state and citizens alike. Each has their role, and if they carry it out properly, salvation will be possible. But there is absolutely no point in standing on the side, firing at every rescue attempt, especially among those who have shirked responsibility in the middle of the crisis,” Aoun commented.


He vowed that the reform measures that have started to be implemented over public funds, putting an end to corruption and tackling suspicious files will not stop at one institution, but will cover them all.


This will help restore the Lebanese people’s faith in their country and themselves before trust is restored in Lebanon, he noted.


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