Lebanon, France finalize arms deal: Report
Iran Press TV
Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:42AM GMT
Lebanon and France have finalized a major weapons deal aimed at boosting Lebanon's military capabilities, a report says.
Lebanon's An-Nahar daily cited "diplomatic sources in Paris" in a Thursday report that states the agreement would provide the Lebanese army with weapons for land, air and naval defense.
In December 2013, Saudi Arabia pledged USD 3 billion to the Lebanese government for the purchase of weapons from France.
The grant offer was made by Saudi King Abdullah following the arrest of a Saudi terrorist leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Majid al-Majid, who claimed responsibility for the November 2013 bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
The brief newspaper report did not, however, elaborate on the types of weapons ordered.
An-Nahar added that the deal is expected to be announced during a March 5 international donors conference in the French capital.
The conference, known as the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon, held its first meeting in New York in September.
The ISG reportedly aims to coordinate strong international support for Lebanon in response to the unprecedented security challenges to the country mostly posed by the foreign-backed Takfiri groups based in Syria and Lebanon.
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