Berri Urges Hariri to Speed up Assistance to Lebanese Army

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Speaker Nabih Berri urged al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri to speed up the Saudi military assistance to Lebanon, local dailies reported on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Hariri announced from Saudi Arabia a grant of $1 billion for the Lebanese army to help its fight against militants.

This, in addition to a $3 billion grant announced by Riyadh in late December.

On Tuesday, Berri summoned the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly, urging them to quickly equip the Lebanese army and security forces.

He later called Hariri to urge him to implement the Saudi grants, the newspapers said.

Berri has been calling for speedy military assistance since the start of the month when jihadists overran the northeastern border town of Arsal and engaged in deadly battles with the army.

They withdrew several days later to Syrian territories after a ceasefire was brokered by Muslim scholars. But they took with them hostages from the army and security forces.



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Thumb ex-fpm 27 August 2014, 08:19

Instead of asking Harriri to speed up arms delivery, why don't you hand over AMAL and HA arms over to the LAF. That would be the fastest way of arming the LAF

Default-user-icon wiseman (Guest) 27 August 2014, 11:37

Anytime zone, any capital city, any continent I am in and whenever I attempt to read some Lebanese news I find you commenting Flamethrower with the same sectarian hateful rhetoric. Do you have a job or friends..... Mishmaoul ya Zalami

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2014, 12:30

ex-pm: when iran offered to arm lebanon with the most advanced weapons they have. who refused?

if you envy HA's weapons so much, then why not accept the even better weapons iran was ready to offer the LAF? oh i see, that's just a pretext to strip HA from its weapons and place them in some hangar where israel can destroy them easily.
i trust the LAF, but not the sold out politicians in m14 who were in 2006 covertly advising and working for israel and encouraging it to occupy south lebanon. just a slimy pack of snakes.

Default-user-icon cityboy (Guest) 27 August 2014, 12:43

Interesting comment you make mowaten or whatever you call yourself. You had your hezbullah government for 3 years with no political opponents. Why didn't you accept arming the army with iranian weapons....

Default-user-icon iranian citizen (Guest) 27 August 2014, 12:48

who prevented you from accepting the iranian sophisticated weapons when HA had its one sided government for 2 and half years....who refused? Such a decision requires cabinet approval and even if it requires parliament approval, it would need simple majority which M8 easily enjoyed in Parliament. Stop your cheap propaganda and face the facts. HA does not want the LAF armed and is ready to politicize this matter to discredit its opponents.

Default-user-icon iranian citizen (Guest) 27 August 2014, 14:33

flamethrower stop hiding behind your finger. What parliament majority? Before you offer such fallacies as an answer, a serious government would have pursued the iranian offer, approved it, and sent it to parliament if indeed that was the case. To sit here and claim HA government "KNEW" in advance arming the LAF with iranian weapons would not pass is a lame excuse and proof of your distorted logic.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2014, 16:18

the miqati government (who is not m8, at all) didnt have "3 years" but 20 months (less than 2 years) with less than 10 months between may 2012 and miqati's resignation.
knowing every project m8 tried to implement was paralyzed by miqati and his finance goon (safadi) who kept going and coming back from riyadh, it's pretty obvious to see who was behind the obstruction.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2014, 16:21

anonyme you can keep your "dares" as you were the one to open that subject here
then disappeared when i answered.
the comments here (both "iranian citizen" who is seemingly you writing under a guest account, and mine) are the same as there.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2014, 19:02

lame excuse anonyme, you posted your comment at 8:30pm, if you thought i'm willing to spend my evenings with you, i'm sorry but you're going to be disappointed. many discussions are continued the next day, you just need to keep a tab open in your browser it's not rocket science.

as for miqati cabinet, only ignorants and liars will claim it was an m8 cabinet.
miqati never was and never will be m8, and the prime minister is the single most powerful position in the whole of lebanon.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2014, 19:08

nabatieh "this mowaten has no life,.. i have seen him go back and repost and recheck articles from 3 days before."

hahahah thanks for the laugh habibi. if i have no life, what do you have? how do you know what i did with "articles from 3 days before"?
if i'm a no-lifer, you're the one observing and monitoring the activity a no-lifer... that's sad.. very sad

Thumb eli-g 27 August 2014, 16:05

the money is needed for the elections nothing else. Arming the LF is a lie. Al shoo, arming the LF al.