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Machnouk: Let down by many Gulf states lack of support

Machnouk said the Saudi king was the only one “who coupled talk with action.” (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon is disappointed over the lack of support for its security agencies by some Gulf countries, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in remarks published Wednesday.

“Lebanese officials were disappointed from some Gulf countries who abandoned support for Lebanon after we paid visits to some Gulf Corporation Council [members] asking for support for security agencies,” Machnouk told Okaz, a Saudi local newspaper.

“We also met with a number of foreign and Arab envoys in Lebanon to encourage them to support military forces on all level but to no avail except for the Saudi grant.”

Saudi Arabia announced earlier this month that it donated $1 billion to Lebanon’s security agencies to help them combat terrorism, in light of clashes between the Lebanese Army and Islamists from Syria in a border region.

Machnouk said the Saudi king was the only one “who coupled talk with action.”

He stressed on the importance of coordination between Riyadh and Beirut in the field of combating terrorism, saying Lebanon was learning from Saudi Arabia's experience in fighting extremism.

 

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