SUPREME DEFENSE COUNCIL DECIDES TO SUBMIT A ‘GENERAL MOBILIZATION’ REQUEST TO COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

The Supreme Council of Defense, which convened this afternoon at Baabda Palace under President Michel Aoun, and attended by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, concerned cabinet ministers, Army Chief and various security heads, appealed to the Council of Ministers to confront the threat of the Corona virus, by declaring ‘general mobilization’ in the country, as stipulated by Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 102/1983 (National Defense).

Following the meeting, the Council’s Secretary General, Major General Mahmoud al-Asmar, said: “His Excellency, the President began the session by briefly touching on the steps and measures to be taken in the context of the coronavirus prevention…The President considered that the situation has reached a health emergency stage, thus requiring the adoption of the procedures stipulated in Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 102/1983 (National Defense), represented by declaring general mobilization.”

He added that the Prime Minister, in turn, stressed that the status quo now calls for more comprehensive steps.

“The Public Health Minister also presented the situation in terms of hospitalization and health, highlighting the importance and necessity of following-up on the issue from all its aspects,” al-Asmar went on.

He added that heads of military and security services also briefed the conferees on the data available to them regarding this epidemic and ways to deal with it.

At the end of the Council’s meeting, public administrations and military and security services were requested to follow-up on field conditions and report their findings to the concerned authorities.

Source: National News Agency