The lebanese Premier, Takieddin El-Solh has revealed in an exclusive Visnews interview that Lebanon is to get arms from the Arab stats, as well as "an undefined sum" of financial aid to meet the 2.5 million Lebanese pounds (GBP 500,000 sterling) budget for its new defence plan.
The lebanese Premier, Takieddin El-Solh has revealed in an exclusive Visnews interview that Lebanon is to get arms from the Arab stats, as well as "an undefined sum" of financial aid to meet the 2.5 million Lebanese pounds (GBP 500,000 sterling) budget for its new defence plan. The plan was drawn up recently to confront repeated Israeli raids into Lebanese territory.
Premier El-Solh spoke to Visnews on Friday (5 July) in Cairo where be has been attending the emergency meeting of the Arab Joint Defence Council. He said he would return home "with a completely positive result" since his country had got what it expected from the Council.
An English translation of the Premier's interview with Nabila Megalli of the German Press Agency follows:-
Premier El-Solh also revealed that the possibility of Lebanon attending the Geneva Mid-east peace conference along with Egypt, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians had been discussed. He said "We are looking for the right moment to got to that conference and to take part in it."
He described relations with the Palestinians in Lebanon as "the best" and said Lebanon believed the Palestinians when they said they were not using the south as a springboard for attacks against Israel. The Premier added that the Palestinians at the Council meeting had declared they did not want to use Lebanon as a springboard.
Israeli claims that it was raiding the south to curb Palestinian operations were therefore not based on facts, he said.
SYNOPSIS: The Premier did not specify what sort of aid Lebanon was to receive other than to say that it would get arms, or the money to buy the arms it considered necessary for its new defence plan. The plan is to protect Lebanon from Israeli raids in the south.
In answer to a question about financial aid, the Premier replied that the defence plan has a budget of two and a half million Lebanese pounds. He said the amount for Arab consolidation had not yet been fixed.