KUWAIT, Aug 4 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chaired the Kuwaiti delegation at the third international conference to support Lebanon on Wednesday.
The online conference was called for by French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The Kuwaiti delegation included Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for the Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah and Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab World affairs Ambassador Fahad Al-Awadhi.
In his speech at the event, His Highness Sheikh Sabah conveyed the greetings of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and His Highness' wishes for a successful conference for the benefit of Lebanon.
Lebanon and its people are one of Kuwait's top priorities, said His Highness the Prime Minister, calling on all countries to stand by with Lebanon to face the political, economic and security instability.
Encouraging dialogue between all Lebanese parties is the best way to achieve stability in the country and form a balanced government in the light of the law, he noted.
The Kuwaiti Premier also called for activating international initiatives to support the country financially in the face of the current economic crisis.
Meanwhile, His Highness said that the meeting comes in the first anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, adding that the Lebanese people are still suffering the impact of the disaster to this day.
Kuwait was one of the first countries to aid Lebanon immediately after the explosion, pledging USD 30 million to reconstruct the damaged areas, while also sending food aid and medicines on airplanes, His Highness affirmed.
Kuwait had also supported Lebanon throughout the past decades through projects executed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) since 1966 until now. The projects included health, education, transportation, reconstruction and other fields.
Moreover, Kuwait provided financial support to Lebanon to face the needs of Syrian refugees, who Lebanon host, said His Highness Sheikh Sabah. Kuwait is also working on fulfilling its loan program, pledged during the Paris conference to support developmental sectors in Lebanon, while the country also supported Lebanon's health sector in the face of the coronavirus, he added. (end)