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France, Saudi Arabia to fund humanitarian projects in Lebanon

France, Saudi Arabia to fund humanitarian projects in Lebanon

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian agreed with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan, who paid a recent visit to Paris on Monday.

The visit aimed at supporting the financing of several initial humanitarian projects to help the Lebanese people, in a step that is the first of its kind for joint work between Riyadh and Paris, following the diplomatic dispute between Beirut and the Gulf states.

The Saudi Press Agency, SPA, said that the talks session between the French and Saudi ministers “witnessed the follow-up of bilateral coordination between the two countries regarding the latest developments in Lebanon,”

The agency noted that the two sides agreed to “finance several initial humanitarian projects to help the Lebanese people, and as the first step for joint work between Saudi Arabia and France to provide support in this regard.”

SPA highlighted that the humanitarian and “charitable projects” are concerned with providing direct assistance to some hospitals and primary health care centers in Lebanon.

The aforementioned projects are also concerned with raising the level of health care directed to combating the Corona pandemic and some basic educational facilities.

SPA confirmed that the projects will contribute to “financing the work of organizations working on distributing infant formula and food to the most affected groups,”.

It moreover explained that that work is underway to “establish a joint work mechanism agreed upon between the two sides to provide support to the Lebanese people and fund some of the activities of international non-governmental organizations working in The field of relief and popular aid in Lebanon.

Last December, Saudi Arabia, and France agreed to establish a joint humanitarian mechanism to alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese people, as a first step for the resumption of Saudi Arabia’s communication with Lebanon, following a diplomatic dispute between Beirut and the Arab Gulf states.

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