The United States delivered to the Lebanese Army the first in a series of shipments of weapons and ammunition on April 2, a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Embassy said.

The shipment included 1,000 M16A4 rifles, 10 missile launchers, 1,583 grenade launchers, and 538 sets of day/night binoculars and night-vision devices.

“This equipment will be supported with training provided by the United States government,” the statement added.

“The United States is committed to providing assistance to the LAF to help them increase their capacity. This assistance includes training and equipment to meet the LAF’s long-term needs which the Lebanese government has identified in its five-year plan for the LAF in order to protect Lebanese citizens, counter terrorism, and to fulfill its duties throughout the country.”

In early April 2010, the Central Command (CENTCOM) Command Surgeon team made up of U.S. military medical experts visited their counterparts at the Lebanese Army and toured several army medical facilities throughout the country, according to the same statement.

“The U.S. medical officers were impressed by the dedication and professionalism of their LAF counterparts who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the Lebanese soldiers and their beneficiaries. Both the American and Lebanese teams of doctors shared experiences and are looking forward to conducting future bilateral training opportunities,” the statement added.

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