Jones speaks during an interview with The Daily Star at the US Embassy in Awkar, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The U.S. will deliver six military aircraft to Lebanon as scheduled, even though they were initially set to be funded by a canceled Saudi grant, U.S. interim Ambassador Richard H. Jones said Tuesday.Jones also revealed that a number of Special U.S. Forces were training Lebanese Army Special Forces on Lebanese territory, and that his country was closely cooperating with various security agencies in Lebanon.Jones said that $600 million of the $1 billion grant was supposed to fund U.S. weapons for the Army.Jones said that over the past decade, the U.S. invested $ 1.4 billion in the Lebanese Army.The U.S. has also trained 2,800 Lebanese officers in the last 10 years, Jones said.He revealed that U.S. Special Forces were training the Lebanese Special Forces in 10 different locations across Lebanon. Jones said that U.S. officials have promised Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and a parliamentary delegation that paid separate visits to the U.S. in the recent weeks that the government would take into account the concerns of Lebanese when implementing a law to tighten financial sanctions on Hezbollah.
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