U.S. Provides an Additional $12 million to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces
February 12, 2009 U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison signed an amendment to the 2007 letter of agreement with General Ashraf Rifi of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF). The amendment provides an additional $12 million in U.S. bilateral assistance to the program with the Lebanese Government to enhance the capacity of the ISF. With this addition, the U.S. Government is providing $80 million to the ISF over a four year period.
This additional funding will enable the ISF to construct a community focused police station in the Nahr al-Barid area, to be trained in community policing to serve the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian Refugee camp; and, the funding will provide modern communication systems to the ISF and is the first phase of a planned nationwide system.
The law enforcement assistance program assists the ISF to enforce the rule of law and protect the Lebanese people within their sovereign state. The professional development of the ISF is critical for Lebanon's sovereignty and security. The U.S. Government is committed to supporting Lebanon, the ISF and the Lebanese people.
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