BEIRUT: The Arab League agreed Sunday on the need to provide the Lebanese Army with military equipment, after an extraordinary meeting for permanent representatives in Cairo Sunday.
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said the meeting was held at the request of Lebanese officials and touched on military assistance for the Lebanese Army.
The support would “preserve the country’s security, protect the state’s constitutional institutions and safeguard national unity,” Elaraby said. An Army representative presented a detailed report on the technical and logistical needs of the military.
Lebanon’s envoy to the Arab League Khaled Ziadeh said during the meeting that the Army was safeguarding the southern border from the Israeli threat, in addition to fighting terrorism and protecting the state’s constitutional institutions.
The event comes two days before the Rome conference is set to discuss a military plan to support the Lebanese Army. The Lebanese request for the special session followed the Kuwait Summit at which the decision to aid the Army was unanimously agreed last March.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 16, 2014, on page 4.