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Lebanon’s Premier Karami Says His Country Will Accept French Military Assistance

Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami declared in an interview published by the newspaper Le Monde today that Lebanon would accept all French military aid, including troops and advisers on its territory. The French Government offered such aid to Lebanon following expression of fears by Lebanese leaders that Israel might attack that country from which intermittent shelling has been aimed at Israeli settlements near the border. Israel has formally denied such intentions.

Premier Karami also said that consultations between France and Lebanon on such aid had already started. He said also that Lebanon was in such a difficult situation “facing an implacable enemy” that it was “prepared to accept French military aid under all its forms.”