Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Second U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission

On February 12, 2010, Minister of National Defense Elias Murr and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Alexander Vershbow concluded the second U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission (JMC) in Washington, DC, underscoring the long-term, bilateral military partnership between the United States and Lebanon. The JMC provides a forum 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 an anticipated $200M in Foreign Military Financing for the Lebanese Armed Forces over the next two years. Our cooperation efforts for 2010 will have a special focus on the needs of Lebanon’s special operations division. The United States is providing over $11M in training and $56M in sophisticated and specialized equipment for these specialized divisions, including bunker-busting weapons, anti-tank missiles, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, sniper rifles, night vision devices, and other equipment. The United States will continue to ensure the Lebanese Armed Forces and their special operations units have the necessary training and equipment to execute their expanding missions. The United States anticipates that this cooperation will increase in the years to come, and as the vanguard of the Lebanese Armed Forces, the special operations forces will have the necessary training and equipment to execute their expanding missions.

The Lebanese Armed Forces have won several important victories over extremists over the past few years. Their heroic actions have won the admiration of many in the United States. The United States looks forward to working with Lebanon to achieve a shared vision for transforming the Lebanese Armed Forces into a lighter, more agile modern institution respected within and outside of Lebanon and capable of securing the entire national territory.

Minister Murr’s visit to Washington also provided an opportunity for U.S. officials to discuss implementation of all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Comprehensive Middle East Peace.

Embassy Of The United States. Beirut. Lebanon - Press Release