BEIRUT --- The US has extended a total of US$59 million in military aid
to the Lebanese army, mainly frontier security equipment, US Ambassador to
Lebanon David Hale said here Wednesday.
Speaking to journalists following a meeting with
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Hale said his country had recently
received a basic payment of Saudi funds for buying US additional military
equipment to help the Lebanese army.
The US ambassador added that such funds, together
with US finance, would surely help the Lebanese army in continuously developing
its military capabilities, according to Kuwait News Agency, KUNA.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, the US has
already offered around US$1 billion in humanitarian aid to the communities
which host Syrian refugees in Lebanon, he noted.
However, the US ambassador said different types of
assistance cannot create stability that should be provided by good governance
He added it was time for the Lebanese parliament to
convene and elect a new president at an early date.
Washington has offered US$1.3 billion in security
aid to Lebanon over the past ten years.