Lebanese Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi, center, heads a meeting attended by foreign ambassadors in Yarzeh, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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France has not responded yet on whether it would provide the Lebanese Army with weapons and equipment in line with a $3-billion Saudi grant provided last year, senior Army sources said.The sources said that Saudi Arabia did not specify the kind of weaponry and military equipment to be delivered to the Army, adding that the oil giant said the military would get the arms it deemed necessary and that France would respond to meet these needs.President Michel Sleiman announced in late December that Saudi Arabia had granted the Lebanese Army with $3 billion in military equipment to be purchased from France. In 2012, the government approved a five-year plan worth $4.4 billion to provide the Army with weapons. It's been decades since the Army has received advanced weaponry.
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