EU pledges EUR 50 mln assistance to Lebanese security

The European Union announced Thursday a EUR 50 million (USD 61 million) package to support the Lebanese security sector, as part of its longstanding commitment to the stability and security of Lebanon.

This package includes EUR 46.6 million (USD 57 million) for promoting the rule of law, enhancing security and countering terrorism until 2020 and EUR 3.5 million (USD 4 million) in support of airport security, according to an EU press release.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini commented, “Lebanon can count on the European Union’s longstanding partnership in facing its current challenges, from humanitarian aid to development cooperation, but also on economy and security.” “With this new package, the EU reconfirms its support to the Lebanese security sector and the strengthening of Lebanon’s institutions, which are crucial to ensure the stability, security and unity of the country, for the benefit of the Lebanese people and of the entire region,” she added.

The new package is part of the EU’s overall and longstanding support to the security sector in Lebanon where the EU has invested more than 85 million euro (USD 104 million) across the entire sector since 2006, noted the press release.

Source: Kuwait News Agency