File - French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gives a press conference following an Informal Meeting of EU Defense Ministers in Riga, Latvia on February 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ILMARS ZNOTINS
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French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Lebanon in two weeks to oversee his country's first shipment of weapons to Lebanon's Army, a source close to the French presidency told The Daily Star.The final version of the contract was signed by Le Drian, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel when the ministers visited France last November.During his meetings with Lebanese officials, Le Drian will emphasize France's dedication to fulfilling the contract with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, according to the French source. France hopes Lebanon will preserve its constitutional political structure, and believes the Lebanese Army can help provide the necessary stability to keep it intact.Regarding aid for the security forces, a Lebanese military source pointed to the continuous flow of American weapons arriving in Lebanon, revealing that the country is currently ranked fifth among nations receiving military support from the United States.
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