Lebanese president vows to arm the military with advanced weapons
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman toured Saturday the area where Lebanese and Israeli military forces clashed and vowed to arm the country's troops with advanced weaponry, dpa reported
Speaking to Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) members in Adissyeh in southern Lebanon, where the clashes took place on Tuesday, Suleiman said "Lebanon will work with friendly countries to provide it with more advanced equipment."
Two Lebanese soldiers, a journalist and a senior Israeli officer died in Tuesday's fighting, the fiercest along the border since the July 2006 war.
Suleiman said the cabinet will put forward a plan at its next session to arm the Lebanese military "with all that is necessary."
Arming the military is aimed at "protecting the dignity of the nation," he added.
Together with Defence Minister Elias al Murr, Suleiman inspected the army base in Adissyeh and met UN officers also present in the area.
Suleiman commended the LAF on its performance during Tuesday's fighting, saying " it is necessary to resist Israeli aggression and cooperate with UNIFIL in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701."
UN Resolution 1701 of August 17, 2006 ended a 33-day war between Israel and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah during which some 1,200 people, mainly Lebanese civilians, died