Obama pledges $8.7 million to Lebanese army amid chaos in Syria

Obama pledges $8.7 million to Lebanese army amid chaos in Syria

President Obama announced Tuesday that he’s giving $8.7 million in new support for the Lebanese Army.

Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. The tiny coastal country of about 4.5 million people is being destabilized as it takes on the largest influx of refugees from next-door Syria, which has sent some 700,000 people across the border over the past two and a half years.

Obama praised Lebanon for having been “tremendously generous” in welcoming the refugees. The president announced during his address to the UN General Assembly that the United States will be providing an extra $340 million in humanitarian assistance for Syria, including $74 million for Lebanon – bringing the total U.S. contribution for Lebanon to more than $254 million in support of Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

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