Rampling speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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New U.K. envoy keen to listen and learnA new British ambassador is in town – and he is ready to hit the ground running, looking at ways to improve bilateral ties as well as maintain support for the Lebanese Army. After presenting his diplomatic credentials to President Michel Aoun last week, Chris Rampling sat down with The Daily Star to discuss some of the things he would like to do in Lebanon."We have spent upwards of $200 million in the last year and that demonstrates the kind of importance of the [Lebanese Army] and making sure the Army is the sole legitimate force here in Lebanon," he noted.The new ambassador also revealed that his country has trained almost 10,000 Lebanese soldiers at the Hamat Base in north Lebanon.Rampling cited the U.K.'s recent pledge to UNRWA in Lebanon.The British government's work to help Lebanon is well-received back home and this won't change, Rampling said.
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