Washington: President Donald Trump said on Friday that after the massive explosion in Beirut, he will attend an international conference and ask donors to organize assistance for Lebanon.
Trump, who talked with his Lebanese counterpart as well as the conference s organizer French President Emmanuel Macron, tweeted that “everyone wants to help!”
“We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world,” he said.
A White House statement later said that Trump had “expressed his deepest condolences to the people of Lebanon” in the phone call with his counterpart Michel Aoun, in which he “vowed to continue United States support in providing critical emergency supplies to meet health and humanitarian needs during this difficult time.”
The two leaders also discussed recovery efforts and Trump “affirmed continued United States assistance to the people of Lebanon.”
The explosion in Beirut port killed more than 150 people and destroyed the entire city. Rescuers continued to desperately rubble for survivors.
Officials said a large amount of dangerous ammonium nitrate had been stagnant in warehouses at the port for many years and caught fire in some way, causing an earth-shaking explosion on Tuesday.
Hospitals in Lebanon have been under pressure due to the increase in coronavirus cases and the severe economic crisis. The explosion caused severe damage and overwhelmed casualties.
The World Health Organization has called for 15 million US dollars to meet immediate health needs.
The United Nations says that of the 300,000 homeless people, as many as 100,000 children, including many who have been separated from their families.
On Friday, relief flights from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates landed in Lebanon, followed by other flights from France, Kuwait, Qatar and Russia.
Trump said that three American planes carrying supplies are heading to Lebanon, as are emergency personnel and medical personnel.