President Michel Aoun considered on Thursday that “the criminal scrutiny that the Cabinet decided to achieve would help end the scourge of corruption, prosecute the corrupt, and seize suspicious files”, calling on the Lebanese to support the state to confront those who resist that.
The President also affirmed that Lebanon is not in the position to attack anyone or support disputes at all, “But we are obligated to defend ourselves, whether we are neutral or not”. In addition, President Aoun revealed that a plan had been drawn up for the return of displaced Syrians to their homeland, in coordination with Syria and the countries interested in displaced affairs, adding that “We have now to do what is practical to push these countries to carry out their duties towards the displaced Syrians”.
President Aoun’s stances came while receiving a delegation of the Muslim Scholars Association in Lebanon, headed by Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Judge Sheikh Ahmed Al-Zein, at the Presidential Palace.
Al-Zein delivered a speech thanking the President for receiving the delegation, and wishing him success in his national responsibilities. Al-Zein stated that the gathering was established around forty years ago, calling for Islamic unity between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as national unity between Lebanese Muslims and Christians.
Finally, President Aoun addressed the economic crisis and the debts resulting in thirty years, indicating that work is being done to secure increased aid to needy families, in accordance with the state’s ability and the assistance it receives.
And concerning neutrality, the President said that is does not mean that the state gives up its right to self-defense, “And from here we must maintain our position so that we will not attack anyone, and we will never support disputes and wars while we are obliged to defend ourselves, whether we are neutral or not” the President asserted.
President Michel Aoun later met with former minister MP Cesar Abi Khalil, and discussed with him current political developments, in addition to Aley and Chouf needs.