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Britain pledges nearly $30 mn to Lebanon army

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (L) in the capital Beirut on March 31, 2016Britain will provide nearly $30 million to the Lebanese army, mostly to boost security along the country’s volatile border with Syria, the UK’s top diplomat said on Thursday. In his first visit to Beirut as foreign secretary, Philip Hammond announced Britain would provide Lebanon with an additional 4.5 million pounds ($6.5 million, 5.7 million euros) to help train more than 5,000 soldiers. Another 15.3 million pounds would be allocated “for the training and mentoring of the Lebanese Armed Forces’ Land Border Regiments, over the next three years,” according to a statement from the embassy.

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