Kingdom suspends aid to Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces
An official source said that throughout its history, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has consistently provided support to Arab and Islamic countries and that the Lebanese Republic has always had a large share of this support and assistance.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has consistently stood by Lebanon in all its difficult stages and supported it without any discrimination among its sects and groups.
In spite of these honorable stances, the Kingdom was countered by anti-Lebanese stances at Arab, regional and international levels in light of so-called Hezbollah's seizure of the Lebanese state's will, as happened in the Arab League Council and the Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) regarding Lebanon's non-condemnation of the blatant attacks against the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its Consulate General in Mash-had which are contrary to international law and diplomatic norms. These assaults were denounced by all countries across the world, the UN Security Council and other international organizations in addition to the political and media positions led by the so-called (Hezbollah in Lebanon) against the Kingdom and its terrorist practices against the Arab and Islamic nation.
The source added that the Kingdom considers these positions as regrettable and unjustified. Accordingly, the Kingdom has carried out a comprehensive review of its relations with Lebanon and has taken the following decisions:
First: Stopping the Saudi scheduled aid to arm the Lebanese army through the French Republic, which amount to $3 billion.
Second: Stopping the rest of the Kingdom's planned assistance of $1 billion to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.
The source added that the Kingdom has exerted utmost efforts to prevent matters from reaching the current status, confirming, at the same time, the Kingdom's stand by the Lebanese people with all its sects, stressing that these positions do not represent the Lebanese people.
The source concluded that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appreciates the positions issued by some Lebanese officials and dignitaries, including Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who expressed their stand by and solidarity with the Kingdom as well as their pride of the distinguished relations binding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Lebanese people where the Kingdom is always keen to strengthen and enhance these relations.