NNA - Delegates of Arab and foreign countries arrived to the Baabda Palace in solidarity with Lebanon and its people after the explosion that occurred at the Beirut port and the huge losses in lives and property.
President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received at Baabda Palace before noon today, the Egyptian Foreign Minister SamehShoukry, heading of a delegation that included the Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Dr. Yasser Alawi, the foreign minister’s advisor, Ambassador Nazih Al-Najari, and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez, who is responsible for Arab Mashreq Affairs Tariq Tayel. From the Lebanese side attending were: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Charbel Wehbi, the former Minister Salim Jreissati, the Director General of the Presidency of the Republic Dr. Antoine Choucair, and advisers Rafik Shalala and Osama Khashab.
Minister Shukri conveyed to President Aoun the greetings of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the criminal bombing that took place in Beirut port, stressing that he and the Egyptian people stand by Lebanon and the Lebanese people in these difficult circumstances.
He explained that the Arab Republic of Egypt came to help the brotherly Lebanese people under the direction of President Sisi, and provided urgent assistance via an air bridge that included medicines and medical supplies, pointing out that a sea bridge would secure the necessary materials for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the port and the damaged properties, indicating that his country is ready to respond to any request that is submitted, especially since support for Lebanon is a priority for President Sisi and the Egyptian government to emphasize solidarity with the Lebanese people.
President Aoun thanked Minister Shukry for his visit, and conveyed his greetings to President El-Sisi, indicating that the urgent Egyptian aid had an effective role in treating the injured and providing relief . President Aoun stressed that investigations are continuing to clarify the circumstances of the explosion, which with all its implications have been referred to the Judicial Council, and that the investigation imposes an approach to all possible hypotheses of the cause of the explosion, whether from inside or outside the port, in addition to punishing those who were negligent or in this file.
Minister Shukry's statement
After the meeting, Minister Shukry spoke to the press, saying:
I conveyed to His Excellency President Michel Aoun the condolences of His Excellency the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the government and the Egyptian people, for the bombing incident, and the reaffirmation of Egypt’s standing by the brotherly Lebanese people to overcome this ordeal and crisis. All the resources available in Egypt for the brotherly Lebanese people to overcome this crisis, and to deal with the priorities related to its repercussions.
We see the importance of intensifying efforts at this stage in all fields, and we have established an air bridge for humanitarian aid and a sea bridge to provide for the needs of repairing what was destroyed and rebuilding, and we are fully prepared to stand by the brotherly Lebanese people, as we fully trust their ability to overcome this crisis from Through exceptional measures in all fields, especially in the political framework, in a way that leads to confronting the challenges posed by this crisis and the bombing, the "Corona" crisis, and the economic and political conditions that the accumulations have led to a lot of suffering and a challenge to the continuation of the progress and stability of brotherly Lebanon and the preservation of its sovereignty.
There is a need to work during this period on the priorities of the Lebanese people, in terms of humanitarian challenges and reconstruction, and come up with a political framework that can closely confront this crisis and maintain the stability and unity of Lebanon, and exempt the country from regional interactions that have had an impact and impact during the last period.
We expect to remain in close contact at the level of diplomatic representation with all Lebanese agencies, to find out the range of priorities and needs, and we have directives to work closely through the Egyptian government agencies to meet these needs and priorities as soon as possible. "
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan
President Aoun received Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, heading a elegation that included Jordan's ambassador to Lebanon Walid Al-Hadid, the director of the Arab and Middle Eastern Department at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Shaker Al-Amoush, and the second secretary at the embassy, Omar Al-Ababneh.
Minister Safadi conveyed to President Aoun the condolences of Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein for the victims of the explosion that occurred in the Beirut port, and his wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded, placing Jordan's capabilities at Lebanon's disposal for any assistance the Lebanese need in this painful period. Minister Safadi indicated that his country had provided a field hospital, and that an air bridge would transfer, in succession, all the equipment and supplies Lebanon required to face this tragedy.
President Aoun thanked the Jordanian minister for his visit and conveyed his greetings to King Abdullah II, thanking him for his participation in the virtual conference that was held in Paris last Sunday at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres. He also thanked him for the aid sent by the Kingdom of Jordan and for those it intended to be send later, noting that it reflects the deep relations between the two brotherly peoples. President Aoun pointed out that Lebanon has identified the urgent needs to face the repercussions of what happened.
Minister Safadi's statement
After the meeting, Minister Safadi said:
"I met with His Excellency President Aoun, to convey to him, upon the assignment of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, the kingdom's condolences to the Lebanese brothers for the victims of the tragic explosion that struck the port of Beirut last week, and I confirmed in the king's name, the solidarity of the people of the Kingdom with our brothers in Lebanon and standing by them with all our capabilities." Your Majesty: The injured Lebanon is ours, and we are with you with everything we can. I informed the President that the Jordanian field hospital will remain in Lebanon as long as it is needed, and additional Jordanian planes carrying relief materials will arrive as of next Thursday. The injured is large and Lebanon will not be alone in facing its repercussions, and we are confident that Beirut will rise to regain its health, glory and stature, an incubator of culture. I once again offer my deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs, and wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded, and the Kingdom that cherishes its strong historical ties with Lebanon and its people will always be at its side, and we will give what we can. "
He added, "We have informed the United Nations organizations operating in the Kingdom that Jordan will facilitate all its measures and support them in all programs to help Lebanon overcome the repercussions of this great calamity."
In response to a question, he explained that "everyone feels the tragedy that struck brotherly Lebanon, and as we have seen, whether in the international conference called by the French President and in which His Majesty the King and Arab leaders participated, or in the briefing that the United Nations carried out yesterday. Everyone stands in solidarity with Lebanon to face these challenges." The crisis, as it is an essential country with a great and rich history in the region, and it has always been a land of civilization, achievement and creativity, and the brotherly Lebanese people have always been a model in providing all that is good. Consequently, we all stand with Lebanon, whether in the Arab world or outside it, and you have felt the magnitude of feelings that reflects the status and respect of Lebanon. Once again I renew Jordan’s standing by Lebanon and its people as always, because Lebanon’s security and well-being is part of the wellness of the entire region. May God help you, and we are with you with our hearts, our work, our ideas and everything we can.
President Aoun received more cables of condolences and support for Lebanon, as a result of the explosion that took place in Beirut. In this context, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, telegraphed, affirming the solidarity of the international organization and its full support to provide what is necessary to confront this disaster, and to coordinate between various countries in this field.
He also telegraphed a condolence to the King of Norway, Harold V, and the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, General Umaro Sissoco Embalo.--Presidency Press Office