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Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge ~via Defense Talk

Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge ~via Defense Talk

Lebanon announced a Saudi pledge of $3 billion on Sunday to buy military equipment from France, as it buried leading Sunni politician Mohammad Chatah, killed in a Beirut car bombing. Friday’s killing of Chatah, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime, revived painful memories of political assassinations and came as the conflict in Lebanon’s larger neighbour stoked sectarian tensions. Saudi Arabia is a leading backer of the rebels battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who enjoy widespread sympathy among Lebanese Sunnis. Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement and its backer Iran are Assad’s main regional allies. Saudi Arabia “decided to provide generous assistance to Lebanon in the form of $3 billion for the Lebanese army to strengthen its capabilities,” President Michel Sleiman announced, adding that it was the largest assistance provided in Lebanon’s history...

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