Lebanon is “like everywhere else in the region affected by the strategic developments in the Gulf,” said Smith, right. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Unprecedented growth in the regional arms trade could lead to further instability, experts warned Thursday, saying this could have knock-on effects in countries including Lebanon.SIPRI Director Dan Smith drew particular attention to the increased activity of Saudi Arabia in the global arms trade.Lebanon, the analyst said, was "like everywhere else in the region affected by the strategic developments in the Gulf".He also emphasized how the country is particularly affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.According to Smith, Israel's fairly stable spending suggested that, with the exceptions of Syria and Iran, Lebanon's southern neighbor does not feel particularly threatened.Lebanon will always feel the impact of regional instability, Abuswaireh said.
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