Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, speaks during a ceremony announcing the launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.France and Lebanon signed a $3 billion Saudi-funded deal in early November to provide French weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese Army, which has few resources to deal with the instability on its border and has been seeking to modernize its military hardware. Lebanon, whose own sectarian divisions have been exacerbated by the Syrian war, fears Islamist insurgents are trying to expand their influence into Sunni Muslim areas in its north.
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