Saturday, August 28, 2010

(NEWS) US lawmaker Urges France Not To Arm Lebanon Army

"Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee, says selling missiles to Lebanon could 'jeopardize Mideast security' because influence of Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian backers in Lebanese government is rising.

A US lawmaker on Friday warned France not to sell anti-tank missiles to Lebanon, saying they could end up being used against Israel amid pro-Iranian influence in the Lebanese government.

US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the warning after the Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported the planned sale."

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