Lebanese Army Commander Joseph Aoun on Tuesday urged vigilance among troops, saying that the country is still not totally safe despite the "decisive victory" against terrorist groups.
Addressing soldiers on the eve of the 73rd Army Day, Aoun said that major changes are looming ahead in the region, stressing the need to remain alert given the repercussions that these changes will entail on Lebanon.
“The Israeli enemy is the first one to benefit from terrorism in the region and has its eyes on our land and natural resources, and it will not miss a chance to attempt to fulfill its greedy ambitions," Aoun said. "However, Lebanon, which is strong in its army and fortified by its people, will defend its right to its land, entity and natural wealth, and will confront any attempt to encroach on any of them regardless of the sacrifices that should be made."
Aoun assured that the Army will increase its measures to maintain and consolidate the country’s security and stability, calling on the troops to rise up to the hopes of the Lebanese people.