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Lead­ers in united vow to Le­banon

- U.S. News · Politics · Lebanon · Washington · Donald Trump · Beirut · United States of America · White House · Emmanuel Macron · United Nations · European Union · Arab League

WASHINGTON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has urged Le­banon to conduct a “full and trans­par­ent investigat­ion” into the Beirut ex­plo­sion (in­set) and ex­pressed sup­port for protests de­mand­ing re­form in the coun­try.

Mr Trump “urged the gov­ern­ment of Le­banon to conduct a full and trans­par­ent investigat­ion, in which the US stands ready to as­sist”, the White House said af­ter he par­tic­i­pated in a virtual con­fer­ence on the in­ter­na­tional re­sponse to the dis­as­ter.

World lead­ers pledged “timely, suf­fi­cient” emer­gency aid, which they vowed to de­liver di­rectly to the pop­u­la­tion reel­ing from the deadly port blast in Beirut.

Fif­teen lead­ers took part in the con­fer­ence hosted by French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and the UN, pledg­ing sol­i­dar­ity with­the Le­banese peo­ple and promis­ing to muster “ma­jor re­sources”.

A joint state­ment is­sued af­ter the meet­ing, in which nearly 30 coun­tries, the EU and Arab League took part, did not men­tion a global amount of money, but in­di­vid­ual na­tions an­nounced pledges to­talling tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to the stricken coun­try.

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