President Michel Sleiman speaks during the Lebanese Excellency Awards ceremony in Baabda on Tuesday March 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The political cover provided by the International Support Group for Lebanon allows the Army to benefit from the $3 billion Saudi grant by acquiring heavy arms, President Michel Sleiman said Tuesday.Sleiman said that a committee should be formed to follow up on the Saudi grant, which allows the Army to buy military equipment from France.Sleiman also reiterated that the controversial policy statement should be drafted in the same spirit as the Baabda Declaration, an agreement between Lebanese rivals to distance Lebanon from regional turmoil, particularly the Syria crisis.
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