The Lebanese army urged France on Tuesday to speed up arms deliveries under a Saudi-financed deal as it battles jihadists on the Syrian border, prompting Paris to pledge a “quick” response.

The call issued by General Jean Qahwaji came as his troops battle jihadists in clashes since Saturday that have killed at least 16 soldiers and left 22 more missing.

Saudi King Abdullah, meanwhile, phoned Lebanon’s former president Michel Sleiman and pledged Riyadh would try to accelerate delivery of the support. […]