President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, saluted the Lebanese army, the civil defense, the fire brigade, for their tremendous efforts to put dawn the fire at Beirut port today. He considered that it is no longer acceptable for errors of any kind that cause such fires to occur. He believed that what happened today “may be an act of sabotage or the result of a technical error, ignorance or negligence, and in all cases, the cause must be known as soon as possible and the perpetrators should be held accountable.”
And while the President of the Republic stressed that the work should focus on studying effective measures to ensure that what happened would not be repeated, he called for the formation of a committee headed by the Minister of Public Works and Transport that includes representatives of the security services and the port company, with the aim of setting a new settlement for work in the port and ensuring public safety in it.
For his part, the PM caretake, Dr. Hassan Diab, described what happened today as a new stab at all the Lebanese, and a great disdain and insult to the state and society, calling for a speedy investigation to determine the responsibilities and the need for clear answers to people’s questions.
The declarations of the presidents of the Republic and the caretaker PM came at the beginning of the meeting of the Supreme Defense Council, which President Aoun called at 7:00 p.m. today in Baabda Palace, and was preceded by a meeting between him and PM Diab to discuss the causes and repercussions of the fire that broke out in the port of Beirut.
The meeting was attended by PM Diab, Minister of National Defense Zeina Aker, and ministers of Finance Ghazi Wazni, Interior and Municipalities Mohamed Fahmy, Economy and Trade Raoul Nehme, Justice Marie Claude Najm, and public Works Michel Najjar. The meeting was also attended by the Director of General security , Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, Director General of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba,
Prosecutor General of Judge Ghassan Oweidat, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Customs Brigadier General Asaad Tufayli, Government Commissioner to the Military Court, Acting Judge Fadi Akiki, Director of Lebanese Army Intelligence, Brigadier General Antoine Mansour, head of the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces Khaled Hammoud, Deputy Director General of State Security Brigadier General Samir Sinan, Governor of Beirut City, Judge Marwan Abboud, Head of Port Bassem Al-Qaisi. Director General of the Presidency Dr. Antoine Choucair, and the security and military advisor to the President of the Republic, Brigadier General Boulos Matar were also present.
Major General Asmar:
following the meeting After the meeting ended, MajorGeneral Al-Asmar read the following statement:
“At the invitation of His Excellency the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, the Supreme Defense Council held a meeting at 7:00 pm today, Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the presidential palace, to follow up on the latest developments. the meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, and the ministers: National Defense, Finance, Interior and Municipalities, Economy, trade, public works, transportation, and justice.
The meeting was also attended by: the Armed Forces Commander, the Prosecutor General , the Director General of the Presidency of the Republic, the Director General of Public Security, the Director General of the Internal Security Forces, the Director General of State Security, the Secretary General of the Supreme Defense Council, the President of the Supreme Council of Customs, the Governor of Beirut, The President’s Security and Military Adviser, Director General of Civil Defense, Assistant Commissioner of the Government at the Acting Military Court, Director of Intelligence in the Army, Director of Information in Public Security, Head of Information Division in the Internal Security Forces, Deputy Director General of State Security, Head of the Port.
At the beginning of the session, His Excellency the President saluted the tremendous efforts made by the Lebanese army, the Civil Defense and the Beirut Fire Brigade, to extinguish the fire that occurred in Beirut Port this afternoon. His Excellency said: “It is no longer acceptable to make mistakes, regardless of their type, that cause such fires, especially after the disaster caused by the first fire on August 4, 2020.”
His Excellency the President added, “Today’s fire may be an intentional act or the result of a technical error, ignorance or negligence, and in all cases the cause must be known as soon as possible, and the perpetrators must be held accountable and responsible.”
His Excellency considered that work today should focus on studying effective measures to ensure that what happened will not be repeated.
The PM then said: What happened in the port today, and whatever the causes are, is a new stab at all the Lebanese, and a great disdain and insult to the state and society. How could a first fire happen in the port two days ago, and then this fire happens today? We are still living under the brunt of the August 4 disaster and its repercussions, as we are receiving another shock today with this massive fire, which reveals more neglect and the sagging of the system.
His concluded : “Investigations must be expedited to determine the responsibilities. I hope that there will be clear answers to the people’s questions, as the concern of the Lebanese.”
The concerned ministers and leaders of the military and security agencies explained the circumstances of what happened in the port, the measures to be taken to prevent the recurrence of what happened, as well as future measures and general instructions to organize work in the port in the context of maintaining public safety. Ir was also requested that concerned agencies and the port administration check and inspect the contents of the warehouses and containers currently in the port.
Finally, the case of goods and materials in warehouses in ports and the airport, especially the dangerous ones, which must be destroyed or disposed in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, were discussed to avoid catastrophic events that may occur as a result of their storage.
Source: National News Agency