File - Lebanese Army soldiers patrolling Syria Street which divides Jabal Mohsen from Bab al-Tabbaneh. (AP)
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An international conference in Italy Tuesday will concentrate on providing political support for the Lebanese Army, rather than arms or money, a source inside the Italian government said, even as the region reels from the lightening advance of a fundamentalist group in Iraq and the ongoing Syrian crisis.In light of the recent $3 billion Saudi grant to the Army, the purpose of the International Support Group for Lebanon conference will not be to collect funds for the ill-equipped military, but rather to offer much-needed "political support"."We seek to enhance and strengthen the role of the Lebanese Army, not only because security is pivotal for the state, but also because the Army is an example of a melting pot – they work together despite ethnic origins," Pistelli said during a media forum in the Italian capital.He reiterated his country's support for the role played by the Army.
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