France, Lebanon sign Saudi-funded arms deal

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inspects a weapons procurement agency last June

France and Lebanon signed on Tuesday a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion to provide French weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army to help it fight militants encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Reuters news agency reported.

“I welcome the signature of the contract to help the Lebanese army,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

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