Beirut and Paris have finalized a major arms deal, to be funded by a Saudi grant worth 3 billion US dollars, to bolster Lebanon’s military capabilities, local media in Lebanon reported on Thursday.

The deal, which will provide Lebanon with advanced weaponry, is expected to be officially announced during a March 5 international donors’ conference in Paris, according to Lebanon’s An-Naharnewspaper. The inaugural meeting of the donors’ conference, known as the Lebanon International Support Group, was held in September 2013.

A French official told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Paris is ready to meet the requirements of the Lebanese army,” and that it is waiting for the Lebanese authorities to inform them of its military procurement requirements. […]