The International Support Group for Lebanon has pledged US $17.8 million for the Lebanese Army, which has been overstretched from the Syrian conflict spillover and increase in terrorist activities.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman told foreign ministers of 10 countries at a conference in Paris this week that international support for the Lebanese Army is vital for the country to implement a national defense strategy.

“I hope that the international decision to support the Army is realized on the ground [because this would allow us to] implement the defense strategy that I presented to the Dialogue Committee last year,” Suleiman said during a press conference at the Élysée Palace in Paris. […]