BEIRUT — The Lebanese Army has received a sixth installment of financial aid from Qatar. The aid is aimed at helping the military, whose living and working conditions have deteriorated sharply amid Lebanon's economic collapse.
In a statement issued Monday, the army said it had begun "distributing this aids in an equitable manner among all soldiers." The army's commander-in-chief Joseph Aoun welcomed the latest installment of Qatari aid, saying it was "of great importance in view of the current crisis the country is suffering."
At the end of June 2022, the army had indicated Qatar would give it a donation of $60 million, paid in several installments starting in August. A military spokesman said at the time that each soldier will receive $100 in addition to his monthly pay as a result of this aid.
In early December, Aoun, who is considered an unofficial candidate for Lebanon's presidency, was received in Doha to discuss the issue of aid to the army.