Statement by Ambassador David Hale following his meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam (excerpt)
(Source: US Embassy Lebanon; issued Sept 12, 2014)
Over the last two weeks, a series of accelerated shipments of American arms and armaments have arrived here, as requested by the Lebanese army following the attack in Arsal. These deliveries, paid for by the American people, will help the army secure Lebanon’s borders and defeat extremist groups that have crossed it. Specifically, this week brought the delivery of more Hellfire missiles to the Lebanese Army.

Today, I can announce we are reaching another milestone, as I just discussed with Prime Minister Salam. The Lebanese government and army have requested additional aircraft from the United States: an armed Cessna and other light air support aircraft. The United States will also arm a Cessna the U.S. previously provided to the Lebanese Army. It is our intention to support those requests for additional aircraft, using funds generously made available to Lebanon by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The army is not the only one protecting Lebanon, nor is it our only partner. We work with all the security services. Last week, we donated to the Internal Security Forces bomb detection tools, explosive safety gear, and other equipment. This is part of an ongoing partnership between America and the ISF, to help the ISF keep the streets of Lebanon safe.

We applaud Lebanon’s policy of dissociation from the conflict in Syria, just as we join in supporting your response to the dangerous spillover into Lebanon of that conflict.

We also commend the sacrifices of Lebanon’s security services in their mission to insulate Lebanon from this spillover. (end of excerpt)


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