Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrives in Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon is considering using a Saudi grant to buy much needed weapons and equipment from Moscow to bolster its Army amid a jihadist threat, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has said.Lebanese officials told the US-based World Tribune newspaper that Lebanese Army's Chief of Staff Maj.Saudi Arabia has pledged two donations to Lebanese military and security forces since 2013, the first worth $3 billion of French weapons and equipment, while the second was for an immediate deal to reinforce security agencies and the military.Army Chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi had announced last week that the $3 billion Saudi aid had not come through yet.
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