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(UPDATE) KANAAN CONGRATULATES ARMY ON ITS DAY: FOR ENDORSEMENT OF STATE BUDGET TO ENSURE FINANCIAL STABILITY

Change and Reform" bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan on Tuesday congratulated the Lebanese army on the occasion of Army Day, saying this day is for Lebanon, martyrs and national dignity.

MP Kanaan's words came in the wake of the bloc's weekly meeting in Rabieh, which restated President of the Republic, Michel Aoun's keenness on sovereignty and the role of the army, notably its independent initiative free of any restraints, in terms of defending the land and people.

MP Kanaan stressed that the army is the capable side authorized to pursue its preemptive operations against Takfiri terrorism, and any threat jeopardizing Lebanon, people and institutions.

Kanaan reiterated full support for the security institutions, notably the Lebanese army.

On the Syrian refugee issue, the Lawmaker considered that the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland requires an internal Lebanese consensus, which should be at the top of priorities.

Kanaan called for the implementation of Lebanese laws related to the Syrian displacement issue, urging the government to respect and enforce these laws.

Turning to the salary scale and the 2017 state budget, Kanaan underlined that the approval of the state budget ensures financial stability and reforms.

"There is neither financial stability nor reforms without the endorsement of the budget," he said.

Source: National News Agency