French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday said before departing Beirut airport towards blast scene at Beirut port that his message was that of brotherhood, love, and friendship from France to Lebanon.
“We seek to secure international aid for the Lebanese people, including medical supplies and medicine,” he added.
Moreover, the French President made clear that within the coming few days, France will coordinate logistical assistance with Lebanon. “A French plane carrying aid and a rescue team will arrive soon, and I will meet Lebanese political officials in a real ‘liabilities’ dialogue,” Macron said.
“We are fully aware that Lebanon’s crisis is massive; above all, it is a political and ethical crisis that has led to the victimization of the Lebanese people. I will be meeting with civil society representatives, and our priority is to support the Lebanese people without prior conditions,” the French President said.
“This is Lebanon, and this is France. There are many French victims, one of whom is a French engineer. We are worried, and we have a lot of wounded French nationals; we also worry about the fate of some,” Macron added.
The French President concluded by saying that France was carrying out initiatives to support rescue operations in Lebanon. I will meet those concerned to find out what had really happened,” he added.
Macron had been welcomed at the airport by President Michel Aoun before the two leaders moved together to inspect the site of the massive blasts at Beirut Port.
The massive blasts at Beirut Port killed at least 137 people, and injured more than 5,000 others, with dozens others still missing, Lebanese Health Minister said Thursday.
Tuesday’s explosions obliterated part of the port and caused damage over a wide radius in the heart of the city, prompting fears the final death toll could rise significantly.
Source: Al-Manar English Website and NNA