France has decided to freeze a deal signed with former Lebanese prime minister Sa'ad Al-Hariri to send missiles to the Lebanese army, according to French sources cited Thursday evening by the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat. The freeze is intended to allow France to make a decision after examing the policy of the Hizbullah-backed government of Najib Mikati. The report follows a just-concluded visit by Lebanese army commander Jan Qahwaji to France.
The French embassy in Beirut denied the report according to the Daily Star. Embassy spokesperson Anne Charlotte Dommartin told the newspaper, “So far no decision has been taken and I am not sure it will go in that direction. There is some debate. What’s written in Al-Hayat reflects only one side of what is being discussed. The decision has not been made.”