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    UK to Allocate $28.5Mln for Lebanon's Counterterror Efforts

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    The United Kingdom will allocate 19.8 million British pounds ($28.5 million) over 3 years for Lebanon to combat threats to its national security, including from the Daesh jihadist group, the Foreign Office said Thursday.

    LONDON (Sputnik) British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has wrapped up a brief visit to Beirut, where he held talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

    "Lebanon is a partner in the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh [Arabic acronym IS]. It is on the frontline of the crisis in Syria and faces a high threat from terrorism. Our support for the Lebanese army is enabling them to build their capabilities, strengthen the country’s borders and protect the Lebanese people," Hammond said in a press release delivered by the Foreign Office.

    A pound equivalent of $6.5 million would be earmarked toward Lebanon’s military training facility in Hamat, which Hammond toured as part of his visit. A further $22 million is slated to go for Land Border Regiments mentoring to protect the country from Daesh, a group outlawed in a number of countries including Russia.

    "The UK and Lebanon have a strong and long standing relationship. In meetings with the country’s leaders I reaffirmed the UK’s support for a secure, stable and prosperous Lebanon," Hammond added.

    The Foreign Office stressed the United Kingdom’s support to promote stability in Lebanon by committing a total of $524 million toward these efforts.

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