BEIRUT: Britain gave 70 Land Rover Defenders to the Lebanese Army Tuesday, part of a 10 million euro “train and equip” project to help the military strengthen its ability to guard Lebanon’s border with Syria.
“I am very pleased to see how the U.K. is supporting the Army in response to the LAF [Lebanese Armed Forces] Capability Development Plan.
It is a great honor to hand over to the LAF this first batch of 70 Land Rovers,” said British Minister of State for the Middle East Hugh Robertson, who presented the keys for the vehicles to Lebanon’s Brig. Gen. Manuel Karejian, the acting deputy chief of staff for equipment.
“This is the U.K.’s largest project with the LAF and we are proud to be able to support Lebanon’s stability in these very uncertain times,” Robertson said.
Another 94 similar vehicles are expected to arrive before the end of the year.