U.S. reimburses Lebanese army with 40 million USD for border operations

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-09 01:26:15|Editor: yan
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BEIRUT, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. agreed to pay over 40 million U.S. dollars in reimbursement for the Lebanese Army's border operations, the U.S embassy in Beirut said in a statement on Wednesday.

The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard announced Wednesday over 40 million dollars reimbursement for the Lebanese Army's border operations at a meeting with military heads.

Richard and U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs Heidi Grant met with Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun at his office in Yarze to announce the 42.9 million dollars reimbursement for border operations.

Part of the Border Operations Reimbursement Program allows the Lebanese government to request reimbursement for some of the Army's costs in securing the borders, particularly in the Army's fight against Daesh (IS) and other extremist groups, the statement added.

"As we have seen, the LAF has done an excellent job stopping the advance of these groups into Lebanon's northeast border and the Army continues to prevent their spread into and throughout the country," Richard said.