Leaders in united vow to Lebanon
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.