Paris (UNA-OIC) – World leaders participating in the donor conference on Sunday for blast-stricken Lebanon raised pledges worth €253 million ($298 million) in immediate humanitarian relief.
The donors, who participated in the teleconference co-organized by France and the United Nations, said the assistance would be “directly” delivered to a population reeling from the deadly explosion that ripped through Beirut port.
Representatives of nearly 30 countries, including US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron as well as the EU and Arab League, said in a joint statement, “The participants agreed that their assistance should be timely, sufficient and consistent with the needs of the Lebanese people, well-coordinated under the leadership of the United Nations, and directly delivered to the Lebanese population, with utmost efficiency and transparency.”
They pledged solidarity with the Lebanese people and promised to muster “major resources” in the coming days and weeks, urging Lebanon’s authorities to “fully commit themselves to timely measures and reforms” in order to unlock longer-term support for the country’s economic and financial recovery.
It is noteworthy that President Macron called on the international community, at the opening of the conference, to “act quickly and efficiently so that this aid goes directly to where it is needed”. He also called on the Lebanese government to act responsibly to safeguard the country’s future.