Trump administration freezes $ 105 million in military aid to Lebanon[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/11/1 8:42 • 42 times read[/rtl]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of US President Donald Trump has decided to freeze $ 105 million in military aid to Lebanon, two days after the country's government resigned, two US officials said.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the US State Department informed Congress on Wednesday that the White House budget office and the National Security Council had decided to freeze the military aid to Lebanon, which was aimed at enhancing security in the country.
The officials did not explain the reason for the decision, while one said that the State Department did not explain the reason for this measure to Congress.
But this development comes after the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, on October 29, resigned to the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, after what he considered as "deadlock" in settling the situation inside the country against the backdrop of large-scale demonstrations in Lebanon since 17 This October against the economic policies of the authorities.
The decision to freeze the aid was also made amid media reports that Israeli officials had sent a letter to international parties about Lebanon's protests, which require addressing the issue of Hezbollah's precision missiles, before any assistance is provided.
"Any assistance in stabilizing the political situation in Lebanon, in the light of the protests there, must be provided, provided that the issue of Iranian precision missiles is addressed," the letter said.