Aoun: No protection for anyone concerning scourge of drugs


President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Friday underlined that "there is no protection for anyone concerning the scourge of drugs," stressing that punishment shall entail all perpetrators, whether drug dealers or their protectors.

President Aoun was speaking in front of a delegation of the J.A.D- Youth against Drugs Association, led by Joseph Al-Hawat, who visited the President this morning at Baabda palace.

The delegation briefed Aoun on the Association's activities in terms of drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation as well as related awareness campaigns and programs.

Aoun noted that the number of victims of drug addiction exceeds that of war victims in the world, pointing out that despite the expansion of drug trade, Lebanon now possesses the latest equipment to control drug smuggling.

The President hailed the efforts of the security forces, Lebanese Army, ISF, and State Security, in drying up drug resources. 

Aoun also held a series of political and developmental meetings. He met respectively with a delegation of Zahle City and Keserwan-Ftoh MP Dr. Youssef Khalil and his brother Poet Elias Khalil, President of the Waad Party Joe Hobeika, and ISF former chief Ibrahim Basbous.