Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has gifted refurbished Australian military vehicles to Lebanon during a visit to the country.
Ten refurbished Australian Land Rover 4x4 Cargo vehicles and four refurbished Australian Land Rover 6x6 Ambulance vehicles are to be delivered to the Lebanese Armed Forces.
“The gifting of these vehicles is symbolic of the close cooperation between our two countries," Minister Pyne said.
“Australia has a deep and enduring interest in Lebanon’s security and stability, underpinned by our strong bilateral and community links, and I am honoured to be able to support the Lebanese Armed Forces.
“This gift will assist the Lebanese Armed Forces and make a direct and positive contribution to Lebanon’s continued stability."
ADM understands that the vehicles were refurbished by Broadspectrum at the Bandiana facility.
During the visit, Minister Pyne also met with senior members of the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
“This visit reflects the warm relationship Australia shares with Lebanon, and builds on the strong and established bilateral ties between our two countries, which include close cooperation in counter-terrorism and law enforcement,” Minister Pyne said.
“Promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East continues to be an important national security interest for Australia.”
ADF personnel deployed on Operation PALADIN serve in Lebanon as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation.