BEIRUT: General Security will stand alongside other military and security institutions in fighting terrorism, safeguarding sectarian coexistence and confronting “the Israeli enemy’s arrogance,” the agency’s chief, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, said Monday.
In a speech on the eve of the 68th anniversary of the founding of General Security, Ibrahim unveiled the slogan of “General Security for everyone.”
“General Security will be alongside its colleagues in the military and security institutions and partners in the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon in confronting terrorism and the Israeli enemy’s arrogance to protect our national entity and prevent harming our coexistence and the destruction of our culture and civilization,” he said.
He added that “the Israeli enemy’s arrogance and terror schemes” converged with the aim of undermining Lebanon’s formula and culture of sectarian coexistence.
Addressing General Security personnel, Ibrahim said: “Be confident that the institution for which you are making precious sacrifices will be at your side as long as you are qualified to do your duties toward your citizens and every resident in the country.”
“The General Security Day is a national day covering all Lebanon. We will celebrate it every year with all the Lebanese and raise together the slogan of ‘General Security for everyone.’”
Ibrahim said the slogan reflected the Lebanese people’s aspirations for “the protection of the nation, security for citizens, [public] services for everyone, giving right to its real owners, the law is the point of reference and a defeat to the [Israeli] enemy.”
Ibrahim urged General Security personnel to forcefully confront confessionalism and sectarianism and their advocates. “Differentiate between right and wrong and resist ignorance and ignorant people and spread culture, science and knowledge wherever you go,” he said.
Although the 68th anniversary of General Security’s founding falls on Tuesday, the event will be officially celebrated under the auspices of President Michel Sleiman on Sept. 5, according to a statement released by the General Security Directorate’s media office.