AOUN ADDRESSING THE LEBANESE AHEAD OF CABINET SPECIAL SESSION: CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION REQUIRES THE DECLARATION OF A ‘STATE OF GENERAL MOBILIZATION’ IN ALL LEBANESE REGIONS

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, addressed the Lebanese at the beginning of the special cabinet session convening this afternoon at Baabda Palace, devoted to tackling developments and measures to confront the emerging Corona virus.

“The current stage represents a health emergency that entails declaring a state of general mobilization in all Lebanese regions,” said Aoun.

“Today, in view of the fast spread of this epidemic, the global and local inability to contain it so far, and the increased number of cases, the Council of Ministers is holding this extraordinary session to adopt a series of exceptional and temporary measures which will be announced at the end of the session,” he added.

The President called on the Lebanese, each from his/her own position, to commit to awareness and comply with the required medical instructions that are being broadcasted by official medical and media sides.

He also urged citizens to demonstrate “the most noble and highest manifestation of human commitment to each other, with the required compliance, in view of ensuring the highest levels of protection, keeping away from mingling and staying home.”

“It is the moment of national solidarity for all of us. Together, we must concretize this solidarity, in both of its humanitarian and societal dimensions, with innovative and new ways,” Aoun asserted.

“We are all one in the face of any danger that threatens the safety and life of any Lebanese, in any Lebanese region,” the President corroborated.

In his detailed address, the President of the Republic said:

“My fellow Lebanese ladies and gentlemen, dearly beloved,

It is the first time in about a century that Lebanon faces an epidemic with a global prevalence. It is the coronavirus which was classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic a few days ago. It spreads in various ways and may be life-threatening, as it may cross borders, systems and countries. To date, science has not been able to find a proper prevention or treatment for it. It therefore requires the highest levels of prevention and protection to curb the spread of the virus.

For weeks now, we have not failed at all to confront it, with determination, will and awareness, instantaneously and preemptively. The various health sectors in Lebanon have been mobilized, under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister and the Ministerial Committee for Coronavirus prevention. All the necessary measures have been taken, at an exemplary speed, in order to counter this epidemic and prevent its spread in our country and among our nationals. The measures that were taken and the speed in which they were executed at both public and private levels, amid very complicated economic and financial circumstances, earned the appreciation of international bodies, especially that Lebanon has been a pioneer in taking them compared to other brotherly and friendly States whose populations are larger, and so are their incidence rates.

Today, in view of the fast spread of this epidemic, the global and local inability to contain it so far, and the increased number of cases, the Council of Ministers is holding this extraordinary session to adopt a series of exceptional and temporary measures which will be announced at the end of the session, especially that the current situation represents a health emergency that requires the declaration of a state of general mobilization in all Lebanese regions.

My fellow Lebanese ladies and gentlemen,

It is the moment of truth for us all, the first in our modern history. Indeed, before the health of each citizen, all the narrow political considerations fall. It is absolutely no time to score points and exchange accusations, nor is it time for political exploitation of whichever nature, because this epidemic does not distinguish between loyalist and opposition, nor between a claimant of the right and an indifferent.

It is the moment of national solidarity for all of us. Together, we must concretize this solidarity, in both of its humanitarian and societal dimensions, with innovative and new ways. We are all one in the face of any danger that threatens the safety and life of any Lebanese, in any Lebanese region.

On my part, I will not relent in view of securing the necessary protection from this epidemic for every citizen and resident, and the necessary treatment for every affected person. I am confident that the Council of Ministers acts with one heart and one hand, alongside the concerned authorities, in order to attain this goal; and this is at the core of the national duties that we shoulder.

My fellow Lebanese ladies and gentlemen,

I share the concerns of each and every one of you, about yourselves, your parents and your loved ones, but fear was never our way, as Lebanese, to confront dangers.

Each one of us is invited, from their own position, to commit to awareness and comply first with the required medical instructions, which are being broadcasted and spread by the various official, medical and media parties to explain how best to abide by them.

We are also invited to the most noble and highest manifestation of human commitment to each other, with the required compliance, in view of ensuring the highest levels of protection, keeping away from mingling and staying home.

These hard days that we are going through are not a prison nor a punishment, as they are not – at the same time – a chance to stop the cycle of life or surrender to void. Everyone is invited to continue their work, from home, in the manner that they deem appropriate, so that learning is pursued for students, and work for workers, and so that institutions remain as “alive” and active as possible.

Let us avail ourselves of these days, no matter how long they may last, to ascertain that we are one people, worthy of life and capable of overcoming its hardships.

My fellow Lebanese ladies and gentlemen,

You have siblings and parents who have volunteered to help in the medical confrontation operations at our hospitals. On behalf of all of you, I salute each one of them, for they are the role models of dedication for the safety and life of the Lebanese.

To the medical and nursing corps in our governmental and private hospitals, who are today at the frontline of confrontation, and of whom some members have been affected by this epidemic, we owe a tribute of respect and a call to move forward.

To every person who has been affected by this epidemic, we pray for a prompt recovery, and we all bow out of reverence before the memory of the victims who have fallen to it.

My fellow Lebanese ladies and gentlemen, dearly beloved,

Our national unity has been and remains our source of strength and our shield of protection. Thanks to it, we have achieved our invincibility, and today, it will support our strength and confirm our victory against this epidemic, in view of regaining, as soon as possible, our normal regular life and the passion of living that we stand out for.

Long Live the Lebanese! Long Live Lebanon!”

Source: National News Agency

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