File - Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi arrives to Marjayoun, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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French Chief of Defense Staff Adm. Edouard Guillaud will begin a visit to Lebanon Monday, just weeks after Saudi Arabia pledged $3 billion to buy arms for the Lebanese Army from France.Guillaud is expected to discuss details of the military aid with Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi and other top officials. Late last month, President Michel Sleiman announced that Saudi Arabia would buy arms worth $3 billion from France for the poorly equipped Lebanese Army, in the hope that that the European country would quickly help boost Lebanon's Army with arms and training. Bonne reiterated his support for the Lebanese Army, saying it was an old French commitment that would never change.
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