U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale hailed on Friday the unity and cooperation between Lebanese security agencies, saying it would thwart any attempt to cause division.
“The Internal Security Forces, along with the Army, and General Security, have demonstrated bravery and courage in their mission to protect Lebanon’s security and stability,” Hale said during a ceremony to deliver 38 vehicles to the ISF at the ISF Mobile Barracks in Dbayeh.
He lauded the efforts exerted by the security agencies, pointing out that they have offered many sacrifices while seeking to “sow instability and division” to safeguard the country.
“Cooperation and unity among Lebanon’s security services will make certain that these forces do not succeed,” the U.S. diplomat added.
He considered the ISF a “key pillar of public security in Lebanon,” noting that his country is proud of its “longstanding partnership” with it.
The ambassador reiterated the U.S. commitment to Lebanon to ensure unity among its people, build more prosperous institutions, and to secure the country.
Since 2008, the Embassy has provided over $140 million to the ISF, the U.S. embassy said in a statement.
“This assistance is comprehensive and ongoing.”
The vehicles delivered, valued at $1.6 million, and the U.S. plans to provide the ISF with over $20 million worth of equipment, specialized training, and infrastructure support over the next 12 months, the embassy revealed.