Cairo (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit will head to Lebanon on Saturday on a visit that aims to show solidarity with the country after a massive explosion hit the seaport area of Beirut on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people dead and wounded.
According to a statement issued Friday by the Arab League, the visit also aims to mobilize Arab and international support to assist Lebanon in addressing the consequences of the disaster that displaced thousands of families whose apartments have been devastated due to the blast.
The fallout of the explosion may last for a longer period of time, especially in light of the financial and economic difficulties Lebanon is facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it added.
The statement noted that Aboul Gheit had earlier launched an appeal to Arab countries and the international community as well as Arab and international relief organizations, to expedite the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to Lebanon. He also called for immediate international action to help Lebanon cope with the terrible catastrophe it is going through.
The Arab League chief further asked the social and economic sectors to help address the repercussions of this tragedy in coordination with all relevant Arab and international organizations and unions.