Sleiman and his Finnish counterpart visit Finland’s UNIFIL contingent in Tiri, in south Lebanon.
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President Michel Sleiman Wednesday said he hoped a national defense strategy under which the resistance would assist the Lebanese Army would be implemented once efforts to provide the military with advanced weapons were carried out.Addressing Army soldiers and officers at their barracks in the southern city of Tyre, Sleiman denied reports that the military was banned from acquiring specific arms. Sleiman added that the national defense strategy would complement plans to provide the Lebanese Army with weaponry.In 2012, during a National Dialogue Committee meeting, Sleiman proposed a national defense strategy under which Hezbollah's arms would be placed under the command of the Army. A UNIFIL statement said Sleiman was briefed by Serra on issues related to the implementation of UNIFIL's mandate under U.N. Resolution 1701, and its cooperation with the Army to achieve this end.
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