The Supreme Defense Council, which was held under the chairmanship of President Michel Aoun at 2:00 p.m. today in Baabda Palace, decided to “submit the decisions to the cabinet that includes the extension of the state of public mobilization for a period of 4 weeks, within the framework of maintaining preventive measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, On the other hand, necessary directives were given to control the security conditions and preserve the safety and security of the citizen, especially in light of the economic, social and living conditions that the citizens suffer from. He also called on the judicial and security bodies to “need to control and prosecute violators of the laws in effect, especially those who take advantage of difficult financial conditions to achieve illegal profits on the one hand, and disturb public security and safety, on the other hand, provided that the highest levels of penalties against violators and those who disrupt food security and living And the safety of citizens. “
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Diab, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Zeina Akkar, Ministers: Foreign and Expatriates Nassif Hatti, Finance Ghazi Wazani, Interior and Municipalities Muhammad Fahmy, Economy and Trade Raoul Neama, Public Health Hamad Hassan, Public Works and Transportation Michel Carpenter and Justice Mary Claude Negm, Army Commander General Joseph Aoun, Secretary-General of the Supreme Defense Council, Major General Mahmoud Al-Asmar, Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, Director General of State Security Major General Tony Saliba, Acting General Director of Public Security, Brigadier Elias Al-Bisry, Government Commissioner The Acting Military Court has Judge Fadi Akiki, Director of Intelligence of the Lebanese Army, Brigadier General Antoine Mansour, Director of Information in Public Security, Brigadier-General Grants Sawaya, Head of the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces, Brigadier Khaled Hammoud, and Deputy Director General of State Security, Brigadier Samir Sinan.
Also present was the Director General of the Presidency of the Republic, Dr. Antoine Choucair, and the security and military advisor to the President of the Republic, Brigadier General Paul Matar.
After the meeting, Al-Asmar read a statement in which he said: “At the invitation of His Excellency General Michel Aoun, the Supreme Council of Defense held a meeting at two o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the Republican Palace, to follow up the latest developments and procedures to limit the spread of the Corona virus. It was attended by the Prime Minister, Ministers: Finance, National Defense, Foreign Affairs, Expatriates, Interior and Municipalities, Economy and Trade, Justice, Public Works and Transportation, and Public Health.
The meeting was also attended by: the Army Commander, Director General of the Presidency of the Republic, Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Director General of State Security, Secretary General of the Supreme Defense Council, Director General of Security Public Acting, Deputy Government Commissioner to the Military Court, Security and Military Adviser to His Excellency the President , Director of Military Intelligence, Director of Information in Public Security, Head of the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces, Deputy Director General of State Security. ”
He added: “His Excellency the President started the meeting with a brief presentation on the measures and measures taken since the announcement of the extension of public mobilization on 6/8/2020 in the framework of prevention against the Corona virus. His Excellency also touched on the available data that confirm that the epidemic is still widespread, and called for the necessity Maintaining preventive measures, especially with the reopening of the Rafic Hariri International Airport, then the Prime Minister indicated that he expects another wave of the epidemic to arrive in October, and its consequences may affect the spread of the virus, and therefore there is a need to extend the declaration of mobilization. The State of the President extending the declaration of public mobilization based on the recommendation issued by the committee concerned with following up on the procedures to prevent corona virus, which stipulated a proposal to extend the declaration of mobilization for a period of 4 weeks, that is, until 2/8/2020, provided that economic activities that could gradually resume work Within its scope and according to specific time stages and based on certain conditions. “
He continued: “Then His Excellency the Minister of Health indicated that the available information confirms that the epidemic is still widespread and therefore it is necessary to maintain preventive measures and measures, especially with the decision to reopen the Rafic Hariri International Airport, in coordination and cooperation with local authorities, the civil society and the security services, in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Especially since the outbreak is expected to be resumed during the month of October next.Security conditions were also reviewed by the leaders of the military and security agencies based on the available data and information and the necessary directions were given to control the security conditions and maintain the safety and security of the citizen, especially in light of the economic, social and living conditions that suffer Citizens of the Supreme Council of Defense also called on the judicial and security agencies to need to control and prosecute violators of the laws in effect, especially those who take advantage of difficult financial conditions to achieve illegal profits on the one hand, and disturb public security and safety on the other hand, provided that the speediest measures are taken quickly Violators and food safety violators, and the livelihood and safety of citizens.
He said: “After deliberating and listening to the competent ministers and also the leaders of the military and security services, it was decided to continue declaring general mobilization. In the framework of following up on confronting this danger with public mobilization, which is stipulated in Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 102/1983 (National Defense) with what it requires of Plans as well as special provisions dealt with in this article, in addition to the measures and measures previously taken by the Council of Ministers in its previous meetings The Supreme Defense Council decided to submit a termination to the Cabinet that includes:
- Re-extension of the general mobilization case announced by Decree No. 6443/2020 from 7/7/2020 until 2/2020 inclusive.
- Emphasizing the activation and implementation of the measures and procedures imposed by the relevant decrees
- Maintaining the economic activities that were allowed to gradually restore work within its scope and according to the time stages referred to in Article 2 of Decree No. 6296/2020 and within certain conditions based on the following criteria: mixing intensity, number of mixing, possibility of adjustment, level of priority and potential risks.
- Demanding the military and security forces to strictly deter each other, in order to suppress violations, in a manner that leads to the non-spreading of the virus and its spread, and to coordinate and cooperate with the civil society and local authorities to achieve this.
- Requesting the media and thankful for their cooperation with the military, security, and health services and the local authorities to continue the positive awareness and preventive campaigns