BEIRUT: U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly Wednesday reiterated support for the various security agencies and hailed a $1 billion Saudi grant to protect Lebanon from the growing threat of terrorism.
“I assured the prime minister of the United Nations strong commitment to supporting Lebanese institutions, including the armed and security forces,” Plumbly said following talks with Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.
He said the talks focused on the latest developments, particularly those related to security as well as the assistance needed by Lebanon and the efforts of the International Support Group for Lebanon.
“I warmly welcomed the generous grant of $1 billion from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support Lebanon’s counter terrorism efforts,” he told reporters.
Plumbly also praised the “calm” that has been restored in the northeastern border town of Arsal “and the efforts of the government and the Lebanese Army and security forces in achieving that.”
The U.N. official “stressed the importance for Lebanon’s partners of all Lebanese political parties working together to ensure that government and Parliament can act effectively and above all that a president is elected without further delay.”