Lebanon’s armed forces are to receive an additional $15 million in US aid
I want to share this good news I’ve read today. United States announced an additional $15 million in aid to Lebanon’s military for 2021 following a first-of-its-kind conference between senior State Department and Defense Department officials and the commander of Lebanon’s armed forces, Gen. Joseph Aoun. The two sides agreed to increase US defense cooperation with Lebanon’s armed forces and to “develop a five-year plan to develop the army’s capabilities. The State Department said the two sides “discussed ways to leverage the full range of authorities under US law through which the United States can provide additional assistance to the [Lebanese armed forces] as it grapples with the economic crises in Lebanon. The United States has already agreed to provide Lebanon’s navy with three Protector-class patrol boats by 2022 to enhance its counter-smuggling and other maritime security abilities.