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Supreme Defense Council: Extending State of Medical Emergency

The Supreme Defense Council, at the invitation of His Excellency the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, held a meeting at ten o’clock in the morning, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Republican Palace, to follow up the latest developments and procedures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, attended by the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Finance, and National Defense , Foreign and expatriates, interior and municipalities, economy and trade, justice, public works and transportation, and public health. The meeting was also attended by: the Commander of the Armed Forces, Director General of the Presidency of the Republic, Director General of General Security, Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Director General of State Security, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Defense, Security and Military Adviser to His Excellency the President, Commissioner of the Government to the Military Court, The Director of Military Intelligence, the Director of Information in the General Directorate of Public Security, the head of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces, the Assistant Director General of State Security, and the former minister and counselor of the Ministry of Defense lawyer Naji al-Bustani.

His Excellency the President started the meeting, with a brief presentation on the measures and measures taken in the framework of the control of the Coronavirus, and stressed the importance of distinguishing between declaring a state of a medical emergency and declaring a state of emergency, which are based on legal texts and procedures in force.

Then the Prime Minister presented the importance of reaching a high rate of commitment and praised the procedures and measures taken by the military and security forces, and briefed the attendees on the recommendation issued by the Committee to follow up on measures to prevent coronavirus, which stipulated an extension of the period of the medical emergency until 12/4/2020 .

The Minister of Public Health also presented the health and hospital conditions, and stressed the need to commit to staying at home and preventing gatherings because of its benefit in controlling the spread of the virus.

Then the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the Director General of Public Security presented the conditions and suffering of expatriates who are abroad, and the President of the State stated that the issue is being studied in all its aspects by the Prevention Committee, and the appropriate decision will be taken in this regard.

Then the heads of the military and security services presented the information available to them about this epidemic and ways to deal with it.

After deliberation and listening to the competent ministers as well as the leaders of the military and security services regarding the situation since the announcement of the state health emergency on 3/15/2020 until today.

In the context of following up on facing this danger through public mobilization, which is provided for in Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 102/1983 (National Defense) with the plans and also specific provisions that this article addresses, in addition to the measures and measures previously taken by the Council of Ministers in its previous meetings,

The Supreme Council of Defense decided to submit an end to the Council of Ministers that includes:
1- Extending the state of medical emergency announced by Decree No. 6198/2020 until the twenty-fourth hour of Sunday, April 12/2020.
2- Emphasizing the activation and implementation of the measures and procedures imposed by Decree No. 6198/2020, and Resolution No. 49/2020 of 3/21/2020 issued by the Prime Minister, “Implementation Instructions by Decree No. 6198/2020” with deterrent strictures from the military and security services All, in suppressing violations, leading to the virus not spreading and spreading.

The Supreme Council of Defense also submitted a recommendation to the Council of Ministers to form a ministerial committee tasked with following up the situation of the Lebanese abroad.