A handover ceremony took place Monday at the Ministry of National Defense between outgoing Minister Yaacoub Riad Al Sarraf and new Minister Elias Bou Saab.
Minister Bou Saab laid a wreath at the army martyrs statue at the Ministry's courtyard, followed by a handover ceremony at the Ministry and a joint press conference.
Outgoing Minister Sarraf wished Minister Bou Saab all success in his mission at the helm of the Ministry, hailing the military institution and the security services for their tremendous efforts in the fight against terrorism and maintaining Lebanon's stability.
He deemed the military institution as the sheer guarantee for the protection of Lebanon, the sovereignty of its territory and the preservation of the unity of its people.
Bou Saab, in turn, hailed the role undertaken by Sararf during his mandate at the Ministry, pledging to continue the projects for the development of the army at the various levels.
He also pledged to work for the welfare of the army, stressing the paramount importance of cooperation and dialogue amongst the various Lebanese components within the frames of the constitution.
He said any concerns by any political side or party can be addressed through dialogue.
Source: National News Agency