The High Representative of the European Union yesterday spoke with the Foreign Minister of Lebanon to express the European Union’s solidarity with Lebanon following the tragic explosions that hit the country in the evening of 4 August.
He transmitted to the Foreign Minister his most sincere condolences, as well as to the families of the many victims and wounded, and to the people and Government of Lebanon.
As a long standing friend and partner of Lebanon, the European Union stands ready to respond to the most urgent needs of the country and to provide all the assistance required after these very grave events. The European Union has activated all its emergency mechanisms to this end and is working with its Member States to provide this support as rapidly as possible. At a first stage, it is already responding by sending Search and Rescue teams and providing emergency medical support, including through the Lebanese Red Cross. This assistance will evolve in response to the needs identified.
The High Representative also underlined the importance that the European Union attaches to the unity and stability of Lebanon, which are all the more important today, both internally and for the region. This tragic moment for Lebanon should be the occasion to unite all political forces around a national effort to respond to the many challenges the country is facing. The European Union will remain firmly at the side of Lebanon and the Lebanese people in this effort.