US News A donors' conference organized by the UN and France "for the future" of Lebanon

09:15  09 august  2020
09:15  09 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

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The videoconference of support for Lebanon, organized on Sunday by the UN and France, should mark the beginning of an "emergency and hope for the future" of the country, said on Saturday the 'Elysium.

After the explosions at the port of Beirut and the tense demonstration organized against the Lebanese power , the donors meet by videoconference, Sunday August 9 at 2 pm, "for the future" of the country on the initiative of the 'UN and France. The representatives of the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Jordan, Egypt must notably participate.

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Israel is "not in the round table", according to the Élysée, but a contact is "made by the UN". Iran has "not expressed its willingness to participate", while "the Gulf countries - Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia - have been invited", the Elysee specifying that it has "no doubt that 'they will be represented ".

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The entourage of the French president did not want to give the amount of aid that could be released on Sunday, but the UN has estimated the cost of health needs alone at $ 85 million. "The immediate objective is to provide for the emergency needs of Lebanon, on conditions which allow aid to go directly to the population", explained the Elysee, aiming "for the consolidation of damaged buildings, emergency medical services, food aid and catering for hospitals and schools ".

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"The methodology is the one that international organizations use, there is a need that we do not write a blank check to the Lebanese government", continued the same source, arguing that it was not a question of "'a question of the amount allocated, but the effectiveness of the aid".

"Energy of Despair"

During protests in Beirut bringing together thousands of protesters in the city center on Saturday, demonstrators led by retired officers stormed the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, claiming " headquarters of the Revolution ".

For the French presidency, the demonstrations "testify to the exasperation, the distress of the population, the need for things to change", by detecting "an" energy of despair, but promising "." What France wants, it is for this popular expression to be taken into account, because we are at a point where the political system is cannibalizing itself, when there is a need for a broad rally and for in-depth change ", continued the Élysée.

"Lebanon is sinking, we think it has hit rock bottom, and therefore it is time to come back to the surface", commented again the entourage of Emmanuel Macron, recalling that the French president wanted to "send a message of confidence in the future of Lebanon" during his visit to Beirut on Thursday, promising in particular that the aid would not go to "corruption."

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