Riyadh, Paris ink deal to arm Lebanese military

The French military equipment will be dispatched to the Lebanese army within one month, according to London-based daily Al-Hayat.

Riyadh, Paris ink deal to arm Lebanese military

World Bulletin/News Desk

Saudi Arabia and France on Tuesday signed a $3-billion agreement to provide weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army.

According to Lebanon's official news agency, the deal was signed by Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and Edouard Guillaud, the head of the ODAS organization, which was established by France to export defense equipment.

Lebanese army chief Gen. Jean Kahwaji was present at the signing ceremony.

The French military equipment will be dispatched to the Lebanese army within one month, according to London-based daily Al-Hayat.

In August, former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri said Riyadh had offered $1 billion for the purchase of weapons for the Lebanese mililtary.

In January, Saudi Arabia unveiled $3 billion in grants for the Lebanese army with which to buy weapons from France.

 

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