Saudi, France finalize arms deal for Lebanon

Tue 04 Nov 2014 at 14:01 Regional
NNA - Saudi Arabia and France finalised on Tuesday a deal that will provide Lebanon's army with $3 billion worth of French weapons, with Riyadh footing the bill, AFP reported.

The deal, first announced in December, comes as the poorly equipped Lebanese army battles jihadists, including from the Islamic State group, in the north and along its border with war-torn Syria.

The agreement was signed by Saudi Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf and the head of ODAS Company Admiral Edouard Guillaud. ODAS was set up at the request of the French government to promote international sales of defence, security and other advanced technology products and services. The company focuses on both government-to-government and commercial contracts.

The signing was attended by LAF commander, General Jean Qahwaji.


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