BEIRUT: British Ambassador Tom Fletcher said Monday additional assistance will be provided to the Lebanese Army in coordination with other countries during his meeting with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace.
According to a statement released by the embassy, Fletcher underscored that more help would be made available in consultation with Britain's international partners, saying the “state's security forces should be given the best possible chance to stabilize Lebanon.”
Fletcher also congratulated the government on progress made in the security plan in recent weeks, which was drafted to restore law and order to several parts of the country, particularly Tripoli and areas bordering Syria.
“Britain had been proud to support the Lebanese Army's efforts through a significantly expanded program of training and equipment, in response to the Army's requests,” Fletcher said.
He also updated Sleiman on Britain's support to Lebanon's long-term development, including a program to provide school textbooks for public school students.
“This is recognition of the burdens placed on Lebanese society by the generous response to the Syria refugee crisis. Britain is the second largest national donor to the humanitarian effort,” the statement quoted Fletcher as saying.
The envoy also expressed his gratitude to Sleiman for his “determined personal efforts to promote dialogue in support of Lebanon's stability and sovereignty.”