Lebanon signed a letter of intention to purchase defense and security equipment from France.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced the $440,400 million deal in Paris at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, September 20. Hariri said the bulk of the equipment would go to the country's naval forces, providing them with maritime aerial capabilities. Hariri also said the aim was to guarantee the safety of Lebanon's gas and oil fields.
Macron said France stood alongside Lebanon in the face of the "heavy consequences of the Syrian crisis."
"We will continue to provide support to deal with Syrian refugees with particular attention to the communities that have welcomed them," Macron said.