France and Lebanon signed on Tuesday a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion to provide French weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army to help it fight militants encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Reuters news agency reported.

“I welcome the signature of the contract to help the Lebanese army,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

“This agreement, financed by a Saudi grant, will contribute to strengthen the Lebanese army, which guarantees the unity and stability of Lebanon,” he said. […]