Army Chief at civil-military cooperation conference: We appreciate international, local friends’ active contribution

The Directorate of Military and Civil Cooperation organized at Monroe Hotel in Beirut a conference titled "Military-Civil Cooperation" under the patronage of Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, in the presence of the Dutch Ambassador to Lebanon, Jan Waltmans, and ranking security officers and international and Arab dignitaries.

General Aoun delivered a speech in which he said "This conference is held under a very important title: civil-military cooperation. The cohesion between military action and developmental work reflects a noble national value and plays a prominent role that includes both the soldier and the civilian citizen as joint partners at the service of the nation."

"The Army's progress in developing and strengthening the capabilities of the Directorate of Civil-Military Cooperation, in conjunction with the implementation of sensitive security tasks at the border and inside during this delicate stage, reflects the distinctive status of the developmental dimension for us as part of the comprehensive national development plan," he added, thanking the "active and continuous contribution we receive from our international and local friends and their successive initiatives in support of our development efforts."

"This support expresses their confidence in the role of the Army, which safeguards sovereignty and civil peace," said the Army Commander.

For his part, the Dutch ambassador announced unyielding support for the Directorate of Civil Military Cooperation since its establishment, stressing the continuation of this support in the coming stages.

He underlined the importance of "cooperation with the Lebanese Army," and said "The contribution made by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in order to strengthen the role of this Directorate is mere appreciation to the role it plays in strengthening relations between the military and the Lebanese people, especially as the Lebanese Army is the institution that protects the whole nation.

Source: National News Agency