Qatar has decided to provide the Lebanese armed forces with 70 tons of food, as Lebanon is on the verge of its worst economic and political crisis in years.
During a meeting organized by France the previous month, Lebanon’s President and Commander-in-Chief Joseph Aoun requested word powers to assist the Lebanese soldiers, whose wages have leapt in value as the Lebanese pound has crashed and inflation has ascended. Qatar’s donation was announced on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut by Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
“The support comes within the framework of the State of Qatar’s constant endeavors to help resolve the political crisis in Lebanon, and its firm commitment to support the Republic of Lebanon and stand by the brotherly Lebanese people,” Qatar’s local news agency reported.
Sheikh Mohammed urged Lebanese parties to form a new government “to achieve stability,” the news agency added. Lebanese politicians have spent months wrangling without agreeing on a new government that is needed to unlock international aid.
In turn, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said his country welcomed “Qatar’s ongoing support”, according to a statement released by his office.