Lebanon awaits $1 billion in arms from Saudi Arabia

Published February 23rd, 2015 - 08:30 GMT

Lebanon will soon receive the first shipment of weapons financed through a $1 billion Saudi grant, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in remarks published Monday.

Separately, Lebanon Monday will receive a shipment of Jordanian weapons, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported.

Machnouk told the daily that the delivery of weapons and equipment as part of the Internal Security Forces’ share of the $1 billion grant announced in August “was on its way.”

Al-Mustaqbal also quoted a military official as saying the Lebanese Army has completed the majority of the contracts related to its share of the deal that amounts to $500 million.

The official said light weapons will arrive soon.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had announced that the first arms shipment of the Saudi grant, which has been delayed for more than year, will reach Lebanon on April 1.

The Lebanese Army remains in dire need of weapons in its war against jihadi militants deployed across the border with Syria.

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