Lebanese Army soldiers patrol Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood after being deployed to tighten security, following clashes between Lebanese soldiers and Islamist gunmen, Oct. 27, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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Saudi Arabia and France signed a $3 billion grant to equip the Lebanese Army Tuesday, nearly a year after Riyadh announced the offer.Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi was also present at the ceremony, the diplomat said, without giving details on the list of weapons to be supplied, a clause that had stalled the agreement for months, AFP quoted a French diplomatic source as saying.The French foreign minister said: "This agreement, financed through Saudi aid, will contribute to strengthening the Lebanese army, guarantor of Lebanon's unity and stability.
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