Saudi funding for Lebanese army upgrade only for non-US arms

DEBKAfile reports exclusively that Saudi King Abdullah Sunday offered $3 bn for upgrading the Lebanese army’s arsenal provided that Beirut did not purchase new arms in America but from France or Italy. The French and Lebanese Presidents, Francois Hollande and Michel Suleiman, arrived in Riyadh together Sunday to assure the king that Lebanon was to acquire its Saudi-funded weapons from France.

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