Lebanese PM urges Saudi to unfreeze military aid

Lebanese army soldiers stand next to their armored personnel carriers, as they guard the building of the Russian embassy, during a sit-in by the Islamic Scholars against Russian intervention in Syria, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

Lebanese army soldiers stand next to their armored personnel carriers, as they guard the building of the Russian embassy, during a sit-in by the Islamic Scholars against Russian intervention in Syria, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.


Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to “reconsider” the suspension of a $3 billion aid package to its army to buy French arms.

“We express our deep appreciation for King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his brothers in the Saudi leadership … and we hope for a reconsideration of the decision to halt the aid for our army and security forces,” the premier said in a statement.

“The Lebanese people hold Saudi Arabia in high regard, and they know well its longstanding historic positions in support of their country and its permanent keenness to bolster everything that would reinforce Lebanon’s security, stability and unity,” Salam added.

Premier Salam deemed the decision as “a sovereign affair to decided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it deems adequate,” reiterating Lebanon’s utter keenness on preserving historical, fraternal and friendship relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

“Lebanon, Arab in its identity and belonging, is absolutely keen on maintaining brotherly relations with its Arab brethrens, notably with Saudi Arabia,” Salam stressed.

Two prominent political leaders also commented on Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt its aid to the Lebanese army and security forces. Future movement chief Saad Hariri and Samir Geagea, the leader of Christian political party called Lebanese Forces, said they held Hezbollah responsible as a result of its long state of enmity towards Saudi.

They added that the government should instantly convene to take action.

Geagea said that Beirut should either officially asking Hezbollah to desist from attacking the kingdom, or to dispatch an official delegation to ask Saudi Arabia to unfreeze its aid.


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