Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to Beirut in September
Photo: Reuters
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to Beirut in September

Sources: France to arrange Lebanon aid conference on Dec. 2

The meeting, in conjunction with United Nations, will aim to have highest-level representation possible with objective of soliciting aid for debt-crushed Lebanese economy after Macron vows to push ahead with efforts to prevent country collapsing

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Published: 11.26.20 , 22:46
France will host a video conference with international partners on Dec. 2 to discuss humanitarian aid for financially-strapped Lebanon, three sources aware of the matter said on Thursday.
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  • The meeting, in conjunction with the United Nations, will aim to have the highest-level representation possible with the objective of soliciting aid for Lebanon's debt-crushed economy.
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    Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon
    Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon
    Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to Beirut in September
    (Photo: Reuters)
    FPresident Emmanuel Macron has vowed to push ahead with efforts to prevent Lebanon collapsing after a massive explosion in Beirut's port in August destroyed large areas of the city and compounded the country's political and financial crisis.
    However, a French initiative to stabilize Lebanon and enable the release of billions of dollars of international aid to fix the economy has yet to bear fruit.
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     A ship is pictured engulfed in flames at the port of Beirut
     A ship is pictured engulfed in flames at the port of Beirut
    A ship is pictured engulfed in flames at the port of Beirut following the devastating August blast
    (Photo: AFP)
    The sources said that given the worsening economic situation and the COVID-19 pandemic, France had decided to press ahead with the humanitarian conference.
    "There isn't huge appetite to help Lebanon from the international community, but relief should go directly to the people," said one person aware of the conference.
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    A member of the Lebanese riot police walks near burning fire during a protest against the fall in pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon
    A member of the Lebanese riot police walks near burning fire during a protest against the fall in pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon
    A member of the Lebanese riot police walks past a Beirut protest against the fall in currency and mounting economic hardship
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    The French presidency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Conference details are still to be ironed out early next week, but it aims to attract as many senior government officials as possible.
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    The Aug. 4 blast destroyed swathes of the Lebanese capital Beirut
    (Photo: AFP)
    Earlier in the day, restructuring consultancy Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) confirmed it had withdrawn from a forensic audit of Lebanon's central bank as it had not received the information required to carry out the task.
    The decision, first announced by Lebanon's caretaker finance minister on Nov. 20, was a blow to Lebanon as the audit is a key demand of foreign donors to help it exit a financial meltdown, the country's worst crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war.

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