© Reuters. United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP) Resident Consultant in Lebanon Melanie Hauenstein, Lebanon’s Military Chief Normal Joseph Aoun, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea and Director Normal of Inside Safety Forces (ISF) Main Normal Imad
By Maya Gebeily
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The US introduced on Wednesday it will present $72 million as money stipends to Lebanon’s safety forces via a bespoke United Nations programme after a forex meltdown slashed salaries.
Lebanon’s forex has misplaced about 97% of its worth towards the greenback for the reason that nation’s monetary system collapsed in 2019, driving down most troopers’ month-to-month wages to round $80.
The navy has been squeezed so badly that its canteens stopped serving meat to troops in 2020 and it started providing sightseeing excursions in its helicopters to boost money.
U.S. Ambassador Dorothy Shea stated the scheme was a “non permanent” measure “in gentle of the urgency of Lebanon’s financial scenario”.
Saying particulars alongside Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Joseph Aoun, she stated the programme would disburse $100 in money month-to-month for six months to members of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Inside Safety Forces.
Each have obtained earlier safety help from the U.S., together with coaching and tools, however it will be the primary time the U.S. had bolstered salaries, she stated.
Aoun thanked the U.S. and U.N. for backing “troops and their households” struggling in a rustic “on the snapping point.”
Army sources informed Reuters that some 5,000 drive members had stop with out authorization since 2019 and stated the money complement might assist forestall additional depletion of Lebanon’s forces.
The U.S. introduced its intent to offer monetary help a yr in the past and arrange the particular mechanism with the U.N. within the hope different international locations would additionally contribute, sources with information of the programme informed Reuters.
Qatar pledged $60 million in June to help troopers’ salaries with $100 each month. [L1N2YH1N0]