Tuesday, October 07, 2008

U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission






October 6, 2008





Media Notice

For Immediate Release



Inaugural U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission



On October 6, 2008, Minister of National Defense Elias Murr and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long initiated the inaugural U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission (JMC) in Beirut.  The JMC institutionalizes the bilateral military relationship between the United States and Lebanon.  The JMC will provide an annual opportunity for the United States and Lebanon to commit to military cooperation goals for the coming years and to review commitments made in the past year.  Participants in this year's JMC discussed current and future military assistance to Lebanon, including the need for a broad range of military capabilities for counterterrorism.  The U.S. military will support Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) assessments of helicopter options available to them.  Lebanon and the United States signed three military contracts totally $63 million of U.S. grants to the LAF for secure communications, ammunition, and infantry weapons.