* Lebanese Army commander thanks Qatar during meeting with FM
In implementation of the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar announced that it has provided $60mn in support of the Lebanese Army, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reports.Last updated: June 30 2022 10:08 PM
The announcement coincided with the visit of HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), to Beirut to attend the Arab Foreign Ministers Consultative Meeting, called upon by Lebanon.
The announcement comes within the framework of Qatar's firm commitment to support Lebanon, stand by the brotherly Lebanese people, and its firm belief in the importance and necessity of joint Arab action, the QNA report states.
Qatar had announced last July that it would support the Lebanese Army with 70 tonnes of foodstuff every month for a year.
Meanwhile, HE Sheikh Mohamed met yesterday with Commander of the Lebanese Army General Joseph Aoun during the former's visit to Beirut. Bilateral co-operation relations between the two countries were reviewed during the meeting.
At the meeting, General Aoun thanked Qatar for its announcement yesterday of the contribution of $60mn in support of the Lebanese Army.
For his part, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated that the announcement of this contribution comes within the framework of Qatar's firm commitment to support Lebanon and stand by the brotherly Lebanese people, in addition to its firm belief in the importance and necessity of joint Arab action.
Dr Majed bin Mohamed al-Ansari, Adviser to HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told news agency AFP that the aid was aimed at conveying two things.
"The first is our commitment to supporting the people and State institutions in Lebanon. Second... to show the Lebanese people that the Arab world has not forgotten them," he said.
Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented financial crisis, branded by the World Bank as one of the planet's worst since the 1850s. The Mediterranean country defaulted on its debt in 2020, and the local currency has lost around 90% of its value on the black market.
Yesterday, a Lebanese military source told AFP that financial assistance from Qatar would help pay the salaries of Lebanese soldiers.