The International donor conference call for blast-stricken Lebanon on Sunday raised pledges worthy over 253 million euros (298 million dollars) for the immediate humanitarian relief, the conference call host, French President Macron, who recently visited Beirut said. He also noted that these reliefs would not be conditional on political or institutional reform. The nations joined in the donor conference promised Lebanese people as they recover from the massive explosion at Beirut, that took over 158 lives and destroyed a good portion of the capital last Tuesday. Lebanon was already facing a political and financial crisis before the blast.
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The foreign countries made their demand for transparency over how the aid is used. Some donors raised concern about the influence of Iran through the Shi’ite group Hezbollah. French President Macron, who visited Beirut on Thursday, hosted the video-link and he urged the participating nation in his opening remarks to support Lebanon regardless of their differences. He also suggested that The United Nations should coordinate the international response.
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These are some of the main pledges made during the donor conference:
European Union – The European Commission said an additional 30 million euros would be distributed to UN agencies and NGOs.
Britain – In addition to the already given 5 million pounds, an extra 25 million pounds will be provided to ensure the availability of food.
Germany – An addition of 10 million euros to 1.5 million euros already provided.
Spain – Spain will support by providing medicines for mobile clinics and will ensure shelters for those who have lost their houses. Spain has also promised 10 tonnes of wheat.
Switzerland – Switzerland pledged 4.38 million dollars at the donor conference and 500,000 Swiss francs to the Lebanese Red Cross. They have also sent disaster specialists, civil engineers and logistics experts to Beirut.
The United States – Donald Trump reassured the US would continue to provide aid to help the Lebanese people in their time of need.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, laid out the reforms expected, which include the steps to restore the public finances and temporary safeguards to prevent continued capital outflows. The explosion damaged the entire area, left 300,000 people homeless, destroying more than 6,200 buildings. The damaged estimated is over 10 billion dollars. The explosion could wipe 25% off of the country’s GDP.