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Military Delegation to Pentagon as U.S. Assures No Veto on Arming Lebanese Army PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2008

President Michel Sleiman with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Hale and US Ambassador Michele Sison
President Michel Sleiman with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Hale and US Ambassador Michele Sison

A high-ranking Lebanese military delegation reportedly will head to the Pentagon next week to set training, equipping and arming timetable in light of senior U.S. diplomat assurances that there is no veto from the U.S. or Israel on arming the Lebanese army.

The pan-Arab daily Al Hayat, which carried the report on Wednesday, said the delegation will meet U.S. defense officials in Washington.

The delegation's expected trip comes just days after U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Hale flew in to Beirut with pledges to provide Lebanon with its "security needs to enable it to protect its lands and people."

Hale said the United States also is committed to backing the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces, and "this commitment persists."

He reiterated that the United States has "no new policy on Lebanon. We still support Lebanon's independence, sovereignty and freedom."

The United States and Lebanon on Monday set up a joint military commission to bolster military cooperation — a move that follows the first visit by President Michel Suleiman to Washington.

A joint statement by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the Lebanese army said the commission will provide an annual opportunity to discuss military cooperation. It also said the two sides signed three new military contracts worth $63 million in U.S. grants to the Lebanese army for secure communications, ammunition and infantry weapons.

Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long led the commission's inaugural session Monday. Long arrived in Beirut Sunday, joining Hale who has held several days of talks with Lebanese politicians.

Beirut, 08 Oct 08, 08:07

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/

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