BEIRUT: Gen. Jean Kahwagi inspected Wednesday military units along the eastern border with Syria, which has witnessed heavy shelling in recent weeks, and said the Lebanese Army would prevent the country from being dragged into regional conflicts.
According to a statement from the Army’s General Directorate, Kahwagi inspected Army units on the eastern border in Hermel, Baalbek, Riyaq and its surroundings.
During his trip, Kahwagi was briefed on the military’s field measures aimed at protecting citizens and controlling the border to prevent the smuggling of men and arms between Lebanon and Syria.
He also held meetings with officers and soldiers and praised their efforts and sacrifices.
During a speech he gave at one of the Army’s headquarters, Kahwagi stressed on the need to strengthen measures on the ground and work day and night with the available means to preserve stability in border areas.
"Heated regional conflicts and continuous political and partisan incitement that increase everyone once in a while, coupled with attempts to target the state’s prestige and campaigns against the military institution will not affect at all the unity of the institution or its performance,” he said.
“The daily achievements of the Army in terms of resolving security issues, apprehending terrorist mobs and ending organized crime are proof of the Army's firm decision to confront strife and not allow instigators to lure the nation into the fire of regional strife and domestic chaos,” Kahwagi added, calling on soldiers to remain on the lookout for any dangers or challenges facing the country.