Trump to join conference call with world leaders to discuss aid for Lebanon
WASHINGTON (US) – US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will take part in a conference call with the Lebanese president and other world leaders to discuss providing aid to the Middle Eastern country in the backdrop of the devastating explosion that rocked its capital Beirut.
Trump announced on Twitter that he had held separate talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help!” Trump said on Twitter.
The president said he told his Lebanese counterpart that three aircraft carriers were on their way to Beirut to deliver supplies.
Addressing the media at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president said the US has joined hands with Lebanese officials to spot the health and humanitarian needs, adding that “we will provide further assistance in the period to come”.
According to White House spokesman Judd Deere, Trump and Macron spoke by phone and “expressed their deep sadness over the loss of life and devastation in Beirut”.
On Tuesday, a massive explosion in the Beirut port left 154 dead and 5,000 injured flattening scores of buildings.
Several countries, including France, have rushed aid to Lebanon including medical personnel and health equipment and food.
On Friday, the US Agency for International Development said it would provide more than $15 million in assistance, including food aid for 50,000 people for three months. The agency said it had requested the US military to ferry medical supplies and medicines to support up to 60,000 people for three months.
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