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$2.4m military aid from Italy to Lebanon

May 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

President of Lebanon Michel Aoun, 2 February 2018 [Mohamemd Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Italy will provide Lebanon’s army and security services with equipment and training worth $2.4 million, the Italian Ambassador in Beirut Massimo Marotti said yesterday according to the Anadolu Agency.

The pledge for the new aid package came during a meeting between Marotti and Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Marotti reviewed with Aoun the steps taken by his country to support the Lebanese army and security bodies in line with the Rome II conference that was held in March in the Italian capital where the international community committed to supporting the country’s security institutions.

During the meeting, France pledged to provide €14 million ($17 million) worth of aid to the Lebanese army, to include training and equipment such as anti-tank missiles.

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