Biden authorises $47m in aid to Lebanon's cash-strapped army
Biden issued a memorandum directing Secretary of State Antony to withdraw up to $25 million in goods and services from the US government to provide immediate assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces.
He also approved withdrawal of up to $22 million in defence materials and supplies to be given immediately to the Lebanese army.
According to local Lebanese reports, the US aid will enable the Lebanese government to divert funds towards increasing the salaries of soldiers, which currently stand at less than $90 a month.
Members of Lebanon's armed forces have often had to take on additional work elsewhere, as the Lebanese pound continues to plummet against the US dollar.
Aoun warned that his country's military was experiencing "a great crisis which is set to get worse".