WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly-appointed army commander General Joseph Aoun arrived in Washington, D.C. April 29 on an official visit, the first since assuming his post in March.
The visit, which runs through May 6, is part of the ongoing Lebanese-U.S. military cooperation.
Aoun received the invitation “through the established diplomatic and military channels. The visit intends to enhance the military aid program that already exist,” Lebanese military sources said.
General Aoun will also present to his American counterparts the army’s security and military achievements in the fight against terror and the readiness it has reached in this regard, the source added.
General Aoun met with several U.S. officials, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He also met Sen. Bob Corker (R- Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Both senators affirmed their support to the Lebanese army, according to members of the delegation that accompanied General Aoun to Washington.
On Thursday, Aoun held a meeting with President Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
The Lebanese Embassy in Washington held a reception Thursday in honor of General Aoun and the military delegation accompanying him.
A U.S. military plane carrying aid for the Lebanese army arrived last week at the Riyaq Military Airport. It was the second such delivery in a week.
The shipments are part of the ongoing U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese army, according to Lebanese military sources.