Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives for an Arab foreign minister meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil discussed with his American counterpart John Kerry Monday the role Lebanon would play as part of a global coalition to fight terror and the nature of the assistance Washington could provide to help the country combat terrorism on its territories.During a meeting on the sidelines of a Paris conference on peace and stability in Iraq, Bassil and Kerry discussed the "circumstances and factors" that shape Lebanon's engagement in the war against terror, the Lebanese foreign minister told The Daily Star. The two foreign ministers underlined that the fight against terrorism was a global act that must respect international law and United Nations conventions, the sources said.They added that Bassil avoided raising the issue of the $3 billion Saudi grant to the Lebanese Army that has yet to materialize due to delays in finalizing a deal between Riyadh and Paris, which will provide the weapons. Bassil argued that buttressing the abilities of the Lebanese Army is a main prerequisite to avoid Iraq-like scenarios in Lebanon.Bassil highlighted that Lebanon would be part of an international front fighting ISIS.For Bassil, the global strategy to combat ISIS requires operating on three central axes.
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