Lebanese army soldiers stand at attention during the delivery of French weapons at Beirut airport, Monday, April 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saturday that his country will receive French weapons originally intended for Lebanon through the $3 billion military grant announced withdrawn last month.Last month, Saudi Arabia announced it was halting $4 billion in grants to Lebanese security forces, including a $3 billion package from France to train and equip the Lebanese Army.Jubeir's comments confirm a report published Saturday in Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat that France will deliver the arms to Riyadh instead of Lebanon.The contract also promised seven years of training for the 70,000-strong Lebanese Army and 10 years of equipment maintenance.
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