Lebanese President Michel Sleiman announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion for the Lebanese army to buy equipment from France, according to Agence France Presse. Sleiman did not specify what weapons would be purchased while calling the aid the largest assistance provided in Lebanon's history.
The aid pledge comes amid mounting sectarian tension in Lebanon related to the war in neighboring Syria. Hezbollah terrorists are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces against an uprising that many Lebanese Sunnis and the Saudis support. Sleiman visited Saudi Arabia last month, and his announcement came as French President Francois Hollande arrived in the kingdom for talks with King Abdullah.