The United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon turned over 120 Dodge Charger police vehicles to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) on July 1, 2009. The vehicles, purchased by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, officially were transferred to the ISF during a ceremony in Beirut that was attended by U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs David T. Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Michele J. Sison, and Lebanese Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud.In addition to these vehicles, 60 police sports utility vehicles and 300 police cars were provided to the ISF in the past two years. This assistance will help the ISF expand policing operations throughout the country and protect the Lebanese people. The United States is steadfastly committed to helping the Government of Lebanon protect its citizens and territory as we continue to work together toward the rapid and full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
This delivery is part of a larger Department of State initiative to assist legitimate, professional law enforcement institutions in Lebanon. It is a symbol of our unwavering support for the ISF, the Lebanese government, and the citizens of Lebanon. This assistance has included training for more than 2,000 ISF officers and the refurbishment of ISF training facilities. It will help to establish the full sovereignty of a Lebanese Government representing all of its people, and a Lebanese Internal Security Force capable of protecting Lebanon’s territory, sovereignty and dignity.