US President Donald Trump has confirmed his participation in the international donor conference for Lebanon organized by France. “Everyone wants to help,” wrote Trump on Friday after a phone call with his French colleague Emmanuel Macron in the short message service Twitter. He will take part in the video conference with Macron and representatives of the Lebanese government and numerous other countries on Sunday.
On Tuesday evening, two huge explosions shook the Lebanese capital Beirut. According to the latest information from the authorities, more than 150 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured. Dozens of people are still missing. In a phone call with his Lebanese colleague Michel Aoun on Friday, Trump expressed his condolences. He assured Aoun of US support. Three aircraft with relief supplies on board as well as medical personnel and other emergency services are already on their way to Lebanon. Aid supplies from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived in Beirut on Friday. Previously, planes from France, Kuwait, Qatar and Russia had already landed in the Lebanese capital. Germany is on site with emergency services from the technical relief organization and the Bundeswehr.
At the video conference initiated by Macron, donations are to be collected for humanitarian emergency aid in Lebanon. For the EU, which has already pledged 33 million euros in emergency aid to Lebanon, Council President Charles Michel and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Janez Lenarcic will take part in the video conference. (afp)