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Kuwait donates $41mn to Lebanon

Eager to help amid tragedy: PM

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 10, (Agencies): Kuwait stands ready to support Lebanon by any means necessary in the wake of a horrific port explosion that ravaged its capital Beirut, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Sunday.

Kuwait’s support for the Lebanese people stems from its conviction in the deep camaraderie between the two countries, the Kuwaiti Premier told an international donor conference for Lebanon via video link, cohosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Chief Antonio Guterres.

The Kuwaiti relief package comprises previous pledges worth nearly $30 million, in addition to medical supplies and food aid of up to $11 million, he revealed, citing contributions from local charities as well. His Highness, speaking on behalf of Kuwait on Sunday, thanked the duo for inviting him, and offered his sincere condolences to the families of the victims in brotherly Lebanon, and “my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.”

His Highness the Prime Minister said Kuwait, based on its standing and solidarity with Lebanon and under the directives of HH the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, has taken the initiative to provide relief aid to Lebanon for the victims of the explosion. Meanwhile, taking part in the conference titled, ‘The Conference on International Support for Beirut and the Lebanese People’, were 36 countries.

Amidst anticipation of what will be discussed by the UN Security Council meeting later Monday, devoted to discussing the implications of the explosion, amidst increasing calls for the formation of an international investigation committee; Hassan Diab’s government is about to collapse, after Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Administrative Development Minister Damianos Kattar have tendered their resignations. A daily quoting reliable sources said Minister of Economy and Trade, Raul Nehme was also set to resign from the government.

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