Saudi Arabia has provided Lebanon’s army, battling jihadists on the Syrian border, with one billion dollars 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.” […]