NNA - Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdel-Aal Al-Qenaei, announced Saturday that Kuwait will rebuild the national wheat silos in the port of Beirut, in a gesture of solidarity and brotherhood with Lebanon and the Lebanese people.
"We decided that the best and most appropriate way to start with the material aid is to rebuild the silos that provide the strategic reserve of wheat for brotherly Lebanon," Qenaei said in an interview with 'Radio Lebanon" earlier today.
He pointed out that "these silos were originally built in the year 1969 with a loan from the Kuwait Fund for Development, and that is why we decided to announce their rebuilding to continue providing strategic stocks of wheat for the Lebanese people."
Responding to a question, Al-Qenaei said: "I believe that to rebuild what was destroyed in this disaster, whether the port or the affected areas, there will be an international conference through the United Nations, as announced, to assess the extent of damage and how countries can contribute by providing what they can to repair the damage, whether in the port or elsewhere."
He added: "Kuwait, on its own initiative, established an air bridge, and also participated in the conference called for by French President Emmanuel Macron. Kuwait has committed $ 41 million to help Lebanon, including $ 30 million in prior commitments and $ 11 million in relief, medical and food aid. Kuwait has never been late in supporting every international effort to extend a helping hand to brotherly Lebanon."
"As soon as we heard the news of this catastrophe that befell brotherly Lebanon, His Highness the Deputy Emir gave his directives to stand by Lebanon and provide all possible support and assistance. Accordingly, we established an air bridge from the initial moment, as the first plane arrived carrying medical, relief, hospital and food aid from Kuwait...So far, 18 Kuwait planes have transported approximately 800 tons of aid, and God willing, the aid will continue as much as possible, in order to relieve this brotherly people of their ordeal and the disaster that has befallen them," vowed the Kuwait diplomat.
Addressing the Lebanese, Al-Qenaei said: "The pain of Lebanon is the pain of every Kuwaiti, and we convey our condolences and the condolences of the Kuwaiti government and people to Lebanon, for the victims of this dreadful explosion. We wish the injured a speedy recovery and we say to you: Kuwait is always by your side."