BEIRUT: March 14 official Marwan Hamadeh hailed Monday a $3 billion Saudi grant to buy arms for the Lebanese Army as a bid to end Hezbollah arms dominance.
“The Baabda Declaration and now the Saudi-French-Lebanese deal will put an end to Hezbollah’s weapons dominance both in Lebanon and Syria,” Hamadeh said in a statement.
He expressed hope that Iran would join “this renewed international role.”
Hamadeh praised President Michel Sleiman for cutting the deal that would allow the Lebanese Army to buy weapons from France.
He also thanked Saudi King Abdullah for his “leading role in the Arab world,” recalling Riyadh’s part in rebuilding Lebanon following the 1975-90 Civil War and the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.
“Here it [Saudi Arabia] is again rebuilding Lebanese institutions, the [Lebanese] Army, which is the most vulnerable to the illegitimate weapons conspiracy,” Hamadeh added.
Sleiman announced Sunday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to buy arms for the Lebanese Army from France to help support and strengthen the military.