Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond watches a drill carried out by Lebanese Special Forces trained through a British aid program, at a military air base in Hamat, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond announced nearly $30 million of additional military aid to Lebanon Thursday, during a one-day visit that included an inspection of troops receiving training from the U.K.Hammond praised the efforts of Lebanese troops.Hammond detailed the U.K.'s Syrian resettlement program, which will take in 20,000 of the most vulnerable refugees over the next four years. He also publicly thanked Lebanon for its "extraordinary generosity" toward Syrian refugees, singling out Bassil for praise. Lebanon hosts more than 1 million Syrian refugees.Bassil quoted from a controversial Easter speech by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in which the Tory leader asserted that Britain was a "Christian country" and must stand by Christians who face persecution.Hammond praised the resilience of the Lebanese people and vowed Britain's continued support.
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