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Senior Defence Adviser on Middle East in Lebanon: Continued support and friendship with Lebanese army

In a press release by the British Embassy in Beirut, it said: “Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, the UK’s Defence Senior Adviser on the Middle East, ended a two day visit to Lebanon where he held meetings with President Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri, Director General of General Security G. Ibrahim Abbas, and Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun. This is General Lorimer’s third visit to Lebanon since November 2017.

Lieutenant General Sir John addressed a dinner for graduates of UK military academies and institutions hosted by the Defence Attache Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hilton. He visited the Land Border Regiment Training Centre at Rayak Airbase, and then met the Commander of 3rd Land Border Regiment at one of the surveillance towers overlooking the Lebanese – Syrian border, where he saw first-hand how the UK support is helping Lebanon, keep its border safe and maintain stability of the country.

At the end of his visit, General Lorimer said: “It is a great pleasure to be back in Lebanon. It is a testament of the strong and long-standing relationship with the Lebanese Armed Forces. My visit was an opportunity to see how current and future support to the Lebanese Armed Forces will reinforce Lebanon’s stability and the LAF’s vital role as the legitimate defender of Lebanon.

I was impressed to learn that we have helped to train 10,000 Lebanese soldiers and that the Army continues to develop its capability to completely secure the Syrian border. This is a remarkable achievement in such a short time.”

For his part, Benjamin Wastnage, Charge D’affaires, said: “We are delighted to have General Sir John Lorimer back in Lebanon, as a demonstration of our continued support to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) – which every day, across the country, bravely and professionally defends Lebanon. In this volatile region, it is the LAF that provides for Lebanon’s security, stability and prosperity. And I am proud that the UK continues to be one of the LAF’s largest and most impactful donors, and that the UK’s relationship with the LAF continues to strengthen.”

Source: National News Agency