By Matthew Roscoe • 15 December 2022 • 8:08
UK commits millions to Lebanese Army to secure land border with Syria. Image: ANURAKE SINGTO-ON/Shutterstock.com
In an announcement on the morning of December 15, it was revealed that the UK had pledged another £13 million (€15.1 million) to the Lebanese Army in order to provide continued security at the country’s land border with Syria.
The British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamish Cowell, announced the commitment to support the Lebanese Armed Forces’ (LAF) resilience from 2022 to 2025 in a Memorandum of Understanding signed with LAF Commander-in-Chief General Joseph Aoun.
Ambassador Cowell, with the US Ambassador, Dorothy Shea, and the Canadian Ambassador, Stephanie McCollum, met General Aoun during the High-Level Steering Committee to discuss security on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
According to the British Ministry of Defence: “The joint border project has reinforced the authority of the Lebanese state along its land border with Syria where Four Land Border Regiments have been deployed from the North in Arida to the south in Jebel Al Sheikh.”
Following the meeting, Ambassador Cowell said: “This MOU demonstrates our commitment to continuing our support to and cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces.
“Since 2009, the UK has committed over £87 million (€101 million) allowing the LAF to optimise its capabilities, develop and modernise. We are proud of our contribution to building the LAF’s reputation as a respected, professional armed forces able to defend Lebanon and provide security along its border with Syria.
“It was a privilege to meet the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, and attend my first High Level Steering Committee. The Lebanese Armed Forces play a pivotal role in safeguarding Lebanon and its people.
“I am hugely impressed by the courage that the men and women of the Lebanese Armed Forces show.”
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