World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, who returned earlier Friday to Beirut after three years of a self-imposed exile, has participated in a high-profile security meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
The meeting tackled the needs of the Lebanese army and security agencies that can be covered by a $1 billion military aid pledged recently by Saudi Arabia to boost the capabilities of the country's security apparatus.
During the meeting, attended also by Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, Hariri, who has close ties with Riyadh, said that he is "entrusted" with managing and disbursing the Saudi grant to the Lebanese security forces.
Salam has earlier received a phone call from Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz, who reaffirmed his support for Lebanon's "security, stability and sovereignty."
Hariri, who had fled to Paris following his government's overthrow in January 2011, has repeatedly expressed intention to return to Lebanon on condition that he is given political guarantees, especially from Shia Hezbollah movement, that his life will not be threatened.
Two days ago, Hariri announced that Saudi Arabia has pledged $1 billion in support of the Lebanese army's "war on terror," amid clashes between the Lebanese army and militants at the border with war-ravaged Syria.Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ağustos 2014, 09:42