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UK supports Lebanese army as the corner stone of sovereignty

The Lebanese Army as the sole legitimate defender of Lebanon, successfully and single-handedly repelled an invasion by Daesh in 2014.

British Chargé d’Affaires Ben Wastnage with Prime Minister Hariri.
British Chargé d’Affaires Ben Wastnage with Prime Minister Hariri.

Following his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri today, British Chargé d’Affaires Ben Wastnage said:

I was honoured to meet Prime Minister Hariri as he steers his government through this very important time for Lebanon.

I reaffirmed the UK’s support to the Lebanese Armed Forces as the sole legitimate defender of Lebanon, who successfully and singlehandedly repelled an invasion by Daesh in 2014, and which is a cornerstone of Lebanese sovereignty.

In particular, I welcomed the convening of the Higher Defence Committee and the Prime Minister’s backing for the Lebanese Armed Forces Commander.

Published 11 August 2017