Virtual aid conference today for Lebanon

Sunday, 09 August 2020 - 13:38

French President Emmanuel Macron will today (09) host US President Donald Trump and other representatives for a UN-backed virtual conference to drum up aid for Lebanon after the devastating Beirut port blast.

Macron on Thursday became the first world leader to visit Beirut after Tuesday's explosion.

He warned Lebanese leaders that while international aid would be forthcoming, deep change was needed to resolve the country's problems.

The blast at the Beirut port, blamed on a vast store of ammonium nitrate that was allowed to rot for years in a warehouse, destroyed entire neighbourhoods.

It killed at least 158 people and more than 6,000 others were injured, but numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue for missing people.