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Saudis vow $3b to boost Lebanese army

Updated: 2013-12-31 07:08
By Ryan Lucas in Beirut ( China Daily)

Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to Lebanon to help strengthen the country's armed forces and buy weapons from France, Lebanon's president said on Sunday.

Michel Sleiman, who described the grant as the biggest ever for the nation's military, gave no further details in a televised national address.

The Lebanese army has struggled to contain a rising tide of violence linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria, a conflict that has inflamed sectarian tensions in Lebanon and threatened the country's stability.

Saudis vow $3b to boost Lebanese army