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British envoy says 11,000 Lebanese soldiers will be trained in 2019

British envoy says 11,000 Lebanese soldiers will be trained in 2019

BEIRUT (Rahnuma): British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling said that around 11,000 Lebanese soldiers will be trained by March 2019, according to a statement released by the British embassy on Tuesday.

“This constitutes around one third of the Lebanese army’s fighting force,” he was quoted as saying by the statement which was published by the National News Agency.

Rampling’s remarks came following his meeting with the Lebanese Army Commander Joseph Aoun and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard to discuss the progress in the security project on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

“Britain has committed over 69 million pounds (86.4 million U.S. dollars) to this project in recent years, alongside significant contributions from the U.S. and other international donors,” he said.

Rampling added that Britain will continue to be a strong partner for Lebanon in challenging moments as well as in its prosperous, secure and stable times.

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