BEIRUT: Britain donated 70 Land Rover Defenders to the Lebanese Army in honor of the country’s 70th Independence Day, Friday. President Michel Sleiman received a letter from British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday pledging the vehicles as a symbol of support for Lebanon’s stability, said a news release from the British Embassy. A second wave of 94 vehicles is scheduled to arrive before the end of December. Together, the new vehicles will provide Land Border Regiments with off-road capability. The U.K. has also pledged 1,500 sets of body armor, HESCO bastion ballistic protection to be used along Lebanon’s borders, border-observation equipment and technology for a secure radio communication network.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 22, 2013, on page 3.