Lebanon army chief heads to Saudi Arabia to ink arms deal


kahwajiLebanese Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji headed to Saudi Arabia on Monday , LBCI reported.

Al-Hayat reported on Monday the that Saudi authorities invited Kahwaji to attend the signing ceremony for the $3 billion arms grant .

The Lebanese army will be able to receive French weapons starting at the beginning of 2015 under the $3 billion arms deal financed by Saudi Arabia after the contract is signed by all concerned parties on Tuesday, al-Hayat reported.

The deal was initially announced by former President Michel Suleiman in December 2013.

Saudi Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf and the head of ODAS company Admiral Edouard Guillaud, will sign the deal on behalf of their countries in the presence of French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bertrand Besancenot.

ODAS is the French agency in charge of marketing defense sales in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the 3 billion deal Saudi Arabia had also pledged last August to grant Lebanon another $1 billion aid for the army.

This development comes nearly a month after French leading newspaper Le Figaro reported that Saudi Arabia was overly concerned that Hezbollah will be the beneficiary of the $3 billion arms deal and was reportedly waiting till a new Lebanese president is elected before any new arms under this grant are shipped.

The Saudis “want to wait until Lebanon has a president who conforms to their interests and they can get guarantees that the weapons won’t end up in Hezbollah’s hands,” French journalist Georges Malbrunot wrote in an article published by Le Figaro citing an anonymous French source .

Lebanon still does not have a new president and it does not appear we will have a president anytime soon



4 responses to “Lebanon army chief heads to Saudi Arabia to ink arms deal”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    And now the Lebanese billionaires can rebuild the homes of the citizens in Tripoli – and a couple of other spots … and buy some food too. Saudis are taking care of the weapons end.

  2. He should be arrested as an anti-sunni war criminal in Saudi Arabia.

    1. Anti ISIS Avatar

      It must burn deep inside to know that the Sunni’s dominated for over a thousand years and now it’s crumbling around you. Tripoli was just the start. Many surprises to come. Stay turned and make sure you hang on tight. The big bad wolf is coming and he is extremely hungry. Can you hear the clock winding down, tic toc tic toc tic toc.

      1. Yes, it’s called Israel and its nukes that are coming.

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