Higher Defense Council: Construction of Separation Wall on Southern Border Violates Resolution 1701

Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council convened on Friday and announced that the country will take all the possible measures to prevent Israel from violating U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 through its controversial border wall plan.

“Israel’s construction of the wall along the Blue Line does not coincide with efforts to preserve stableness and security in the South,” President Aoun said during the meeting.

President Aoun instructed the chiefs of military and security agencies during the meeting to “maintain readiness to foil any security breach,” hailing the efforts that are being exerted to “preserve security in the country.”

“In preparation for the Rome conference, the army command and the internal security forces presented their needs based on plans to combat terrorism,” the statement said, dwelling on the separation fence on the southern border which Israel intends to build on Point 13.

The meeting was presided over by President Aoun and attended by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Army Commander General Joseph Aoun and the heads of security agencies, Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, and Economy Minister Raed Khoury.