Bank account set up for Lebanese Expats to donate to the Lebanese National Army

16Aug10

Our government announced on Saturday that it would set up a fund and opening a special account at the country’s central bank to bankroll a plan to build up the poorly-equipped Lebanese army.

Defense Minister Elias al-Murr said the government would debate a draft three-year armament plan, adding that a civilian commission would be named to reach out to Lebanese expatriates to support the national army.

Murr said he hoped to collect donations from local Lebanese and millions of expatriates and announced a personal financial contribution to the fund.

The decision was taken at the behest of President Michel Suleiman who announced the armament programme two weeks ago.

A request from the Ministry of Defence.