The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, delivered a written statement yesterday on the provision of border assistance to Lebanon in regards to the Lebanon-Syria border.
"The United Kingdom is strongly committed to supporting Lebanon’s peace, stability and prosperity. Through a long-standing Conflict Stability and Security Fund project worth £22.6m over three years, the UK is helping the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) secure the Lebanon-Syria border. This includes building 30 border watchtowers and over 20 Forward Operating Bases along the border. Our ambition is for Lebanon to have complete authority over its border with Syria.
In order to reach this objective, in August this year, the British Embassy in Beirut placed an order worth £1,818,096.02 for equipment – “Hesco” border defensive barriers – to support the construction of LAF Land Border Regiment towers. The decision was taken to order the materials in August, albeit during the Parliamentary recess, to ensure that the materials would arrive in time to allow construction before winter.
The provision of this assistance is fully in line with the Government’s security and stability objectives in the Middle East. FCO officials carry out regular reviews of our programmes in Lebanon to ensure funding is not directed to non-state actors."