Saudi Arabia to give Lebanon's army $3.8 billion
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is giving the Lebanese army US$3 billion (S$3.8 billion) in aid, Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman said on Sunday, calling it the largest grant ever given to the country's armed forces.
"The king of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is offering this generous and appreciated aid of US$3 billion to the Lebanese army to strengthen its capabilities," Mr Suleiman said in a televised address.
Lebanon's armed forces have been struggling to deal with violence spreading over the border from Syria's civil war.
The country, which is still rebuilding after its own 15-year civil war, has seen clashes between gunmen loyal to opposing sides of the Syrian conflict, as well as militant attacks on the army itself.