Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council on Tuesday stressed “the right of the Lebanese to defend themselves with all means against any aggression,” in the wake of Israel’s latest drone attacks in the country.
“This is a right that is enshrined in the UN Charter,” the Council added in a statement, emphasizing that “national unity remains the best weapon in the face of the aggression.”
The meeting was chaired by President Michel Aoun and attended by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the ministers of defense, interior, foreign affairs and finance, and the heads of security agencies.
“The President underlined the need to defend Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity because it is a legitimate right,” the statement added.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri meanwhile told the Council that a complaint against Israel has been filed with the UN Security Council via the Foreign ministry.
Hariri also briefed the Council on his contacts with the international community, noting that “this is the first attack of its kind since 2006 and the first violation through which Israel seeks to change the rules of engagement.”
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Hariri said: “I reassure you that there is nothing to worry about and we only fear God.”