UK Affirms Support for Lebanon's Military Institution

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British Chargé d’Affaires Ben Wastnage emphasized that the Lebanese army is the “sole legitimate defender of Lebanon,” as he reiterated the UK's support for the military institution, a press release said.

“I reaffirmed the UK’s support to the Lebanese Armed Forces as the sole legitimate defender of Lebanon, who successfully and highhandedly repelled an invasion by Daesh in 2014, and which is a cornerstone of Lebanese sovereignty,” said Wastnage after a meeting he held with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday.

“In particular, I welcomed the convening of the Higher Defense Committee and the Prime Minister’s backing for the Lebanese Armed Forces Commander,” he added.

Praising the PM, the UK Chargé d’Affaires stated: “I was honored to meet Prime Minister Hariri as he steers his government through this very important time for Lebanon.”
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