The British Secretary of State, Phillip Hammond, visited Lebanon on Thursday to meet with Lebanese government and military officials as part of his Middle East mission.
Hammond met with the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gibran Bassil, in Beirut to discuss a monetary aid package to the Lebanese Armed Forces.
“I have assured Lebanon’s leaders that the UK will play its part, through our ongoing political efforts, through our enhanced support to your army, and through our solidarity with the Lebanese people.”
Following his meeting with Bassil, Hammond presented the Lebanese Armed Forces with a £19.8 million aid package:
“I was pleased earlier today to be able to announce a further £19.8m to allow us to continue the mentoring the training of the armed forces, including the Land Border Regiments, and to train another 5,000 more Lebanese soldiers at Hamat.
Our aim is for Lebanon to have secured 100% of its border with Syria, and for the UK to have trained over 11,000 Lebanese soldiers in the specialist techniques of urban counter-terrorism by 2019.”
Bassil thanked him for the kind gesture and affirmed Lebanon’s continued fight against terrorist groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).