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Saudi gives Lebanon army $1.25b to boost security against jihadists

Published on Aug 6, 2014 11:55 AM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Saudi Arabia has provided Lebanon's army, battling jihadists on the Syrian border, with one billion dollars (S$1.25 billion) to strengthen security, former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri told reporters in Jeddah on Wednesday.

King Abdullah "has informed me of his generous decision to provide the Lebanese army... with one billion dollars to strengthen its capabilities to preserve Lebanon's security," Hariri told reporters in Jeddah.

Speaking from King Abdullah's palace in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, Lebanon's Sunni community's most prominent political representative added that "we have received this aid."

"This aid is very important especially at this time when Lebanon is fighting terrorism," said Hariri at the overnight conference.

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