President Michel Suleiman said Sunday Saudi Arabia granted the Lebanese Army $3 billion, adding that the military equipment will be bought from France.

“The kingdom has decided, following ongoing contacts, to offer an exceptional and appreciated support to the Lebanese Army of $3 billion which would allow [the military] to buy newer and more modern weapons,” Suleiman said in a televised speech, describing the grant as the largest in the history of Lebanon and its Army.

“The Saudi grant will allow France to equip the Army and I hope Paris would swiftly employ this initiative,” he said. […]