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French defense chief in Lebanon, pledges more support to military

Sebastien Lecornu's visit came two weeks following the killing of an Irish UNIFIL soldier as his convoy came under attack. A suspect is now in custody
The flags of (front to back) France and Lebanon fly near the damaged grain silos at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on July 14, 2021, almost a year after the August 4 massive explosion that killed more than 200 people and injured scores of others. (Photo by PATRICK BAZ/AFP via Getty Images)

French defense minister Sebastien Lecornu concluded a two-day-visit to Beirut on Tuesday in which he met Lebanese counterpart Maurice Sleem, and offered support to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) during Beirut's financial crisis and presidential vacuum.

The meeting also included Anne Grillo, the French ambassador to Lebanon. The delegation conveyed a message from French President Emmanuel Macron to create a program of military cooperation between the two countries and boost support to the Lebanese Army, Lebanon's national news agency reported. 

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