Saudi Arabia and France are to finalise Tuesday a deal to provide Lebanon’s army with $3 billion worth of French weapons, with Riyadh footing the bill, a Saudi daily and a French source said.

The deal, first announced in December, comes as the poorly equipped Lebanese army battles jihadists, including from the Islamic State group, in the north and along its border with war-torn Syria.

“This battle requires equipment, materiel and technology that the army doesn’t have,” Lebanon’s army chief Jean Kahwaji told AFP in August, urging France to speed up the promised weapons supplies. […]