Spain calls for coordinated international action to support Lebanon
Madrid, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, today called for coordinated international action to help Lebanon emerge from the economic crisis, worsened after the devastating explosions last Tuesday in Beirut.
Sánchez participated this Sunday by videoconference in a meeting of support for that country called by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
The meeting took place behind closed doors and was attended by other world leaders and international financial institutions, as well as the European Union and the UN.
The objective of the meeting is to provide assistance to the Lebanese population affected by the detonations that occurred five days ago in the port of Beirut, the capital of that nation, a tragedy that left more than 150 dead, some 6,000 injured and extensive material damages.
During the meeting, the head of the Spanish Executive called for coordinated and effective action by the international community to support the Lebanese people and face the economic and financial crisis in the country, given its extreme fragility, he warned.
According to a press release from the government's Palacio de la Moncloa, the Social Democratic politician urged the participants to 'help Lebanon to address the deep economic and financial crisis that has brought the country to the brink of collapse.'
'The urgent economic reforms needed cannot wait any longer. The Lebanese government must also act now,' he added.
He recalled that Spain is especially involved with stability in that nation and throughout the region through Unifil, as it is the second troop contributor to that peacekeeping mission in the area led by the UN.
In response to a request for urgent support from the Lebanese Red Cross, Madrid will send next Tuesday a first plane loaded with food and medical and health material to alleviate the situation created in Beirut, confirmed Moncloa in its statement.
In addition, Sánchez offered this Sunday to provide humanitarian aid through Unifil, for which, he clarified, a 'change of mandate' of the United Nations would be needed.
'Let's hope that this terrible event will at least accelerate the path towards coordinated international and national action to lay the foundations for a better future. The Lebanese people deserve it and Spain is willing to contribute to this collective effort,' he said.
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