I am moved by the courage of the Lebanese who have been affected by this tragedy in such a difficult context, said the head of the European Council Charles Michel in Beirut. He called for an independent investigation into the tragedy.
Charles Michel traveled to Beirut on Saturday to express the EU’s solidarity with the people of Lebanon after the explosions on 4 August. The President of the European Council visited the port of Beirut to see the scale of the disaster. He called for an independent investigation to shed light on the causes of this disaster. During his visit, he met representatives of the Lebanese Red Cross and expressed his appreciation to the rescue teams, including Europeans who work around the clock at the crash sites.
“I am moved by the courage of the Lebanese”
– I am moved by the courage of the Lebanese who were affected by this tragedy in such a difficult context. The EU is a longtime friend and partner. In these difficult times, we are more in solidarity with Lebanon than ever, Michel said.
He ensured that the EU was ready to continue providing urgent assistance to the people of Lebanon. The EU has already activated its fallback mechanisms. It mobilized 33 million euros. More than 250 rescuers from European Member States are on site. Michel called on all EU countries to increase support for both urgent needs and long-term reconstruction. It is crucial that the help reaches those who need it, he stressed.
“Internal unity is key”
During his visit, the President of the European Council met with President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berrim and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
– It is crucial for Lebanon to implement fundamental structural reforms. The Lebanese can count on the European Union in this effort – but internal unity is key, Charles Michel said.
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