Army Day at the Jounieh Festival 2019. Photo credit: François el Bacha for All rights reserved

The American authorities indicated that they had increased to 120 million dollars for 2021, their aid to the Lebanese Army, also affected by the economic crisis that Lebanon is going through. This amount is up $ 15 million from the previous year.

The Embassy of the United States in Lebanon communicated this news during a conference on defense in the presence, in addition to Ambassador Dorothy Shea, of the Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Joseph Aoun, who had, few people have spoken to denounce the degradation of social and economic conditions, including the military institution.

The latter had thus denounced a political class which does not act when the soldiers are hungry. He thus alluded to the deterioration of the Lebanese pound against the dollar and therefore to the salaries of the soldiers themselves, even leading to no longer being able to provide meat to the soldiers. Faced with the situation, France, the Sultanate of Oman and even Turkey went so far as to offer food rations to Lebanese soldiers to improve their daily lives.

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