Washington will provide an additional $59 million in assistance to the Lebanese army to help it defend Lebanon’s borders and people, US Ambassador David Hale said Wednesday. Hale also said America would stand by Lebanon whether through political support, military aid or humanitarian assistance to help it cope with the flow of Syrian refugees, while reiterating the US call on Lebanese lawmakers to meet and elect a president as soon as possible.

“For our part, America’s support for the Lebanese army continues to deepen. I am very pleased to announce today that my government is allotting an additional $59 million for border security equipment for the army,” Hale told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

Moreover, Hale said, Washington this week received the latest substantial transfer of funds from Saudi Arabia to buy more US equipment to help the Lebanese military. […]