Lebanon: international conference to support army

Paris launches initiative, but only logistical and food aid

10 June, 15:43

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, 10 GIU - Soldiers in the army in Lebanon, which has been in an economic crisis and financial collapse for the past two years, haven't had meat in their cafeterias for months and have had to work overtime just to maintain public order in a country where social and political tension is constantly on the rise.

    Given this situation, the Lebanese General Staff of the Armed Forces welcomed a French proposal to organise an international conference to support the Lebanese army, to be held in a week.

    The conference will be held via video due to pandemic restrictions.

    The French government's goal is to raise funds to finance the basic needs of the Lebanese military, which many are calling the last bastion of stability in a country that continues to sink into its worse economic crisis of the past 30 years.

    The conference is scheduled for 17 June and will include aid such as food, medical supplies and spare parts, said Lebanese military sources cited today by the media in Beirut.

    International aid will not include weapons.

    In the shadow of the high cost of living and the lack of essential services such as petrol, electricity, water and medicine, popular protests are now frequent in Lebanon and are carried out almost exclusively in the form of road blocks in various regions of the country.

    The army is the only national institution not affiliated with a confessional or ideological party and this is why it is called to carry out a so-called impartial role in settling public disputes. (ANSAmed).

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