British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher said Thursday that his country would provide the Lebanese Army with additional protection equipment to reinforce military positions in the border town of Arsal, as quickly as possible, after meeting with Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.

“I informed the Army commander that the U.K. will work quickly to provide the Lebanese Army with additional ballistic protection for their infrastructure around Arsal,” Fletcher said after the meeting at the Defense Ministry.

He said the meeting was an occasion to express condolences at recent loss of life of Lebanese soldiers and civilians in Arsal and to convey the additional package of U.K. assistance for the Army. […]