NNA - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, on Tuesday met with UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon and UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, Imran Reda, in the presence of heads of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF (UNICEF), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and a representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon.
The meeting reportedly touched on the “extent of the destruction and the heavy losses that befell Syria as a result of the devastating earthquake, and the need for the international community to swiftly help relieve those afflicted and alleviate the impact of the disaster.”
In this context, views were exchanged on the best ways to coordinate and cooperate to help those affected in Syrian regions.
Minister Bou Habib also affirmed Lebanon's readiness to provide assistance to facilitate the work of international organizations, and the passage of relief convoys, in a way that alleviates the sufferings of the wounded, injured, and afflicted in Syria. He also expressed hope that this would secure the much-needed supplies to limit the repercussions of the devastating earthquake on the stricken Syrian regions and their inhabitants.
Both parties also agreed to keep the lines of communication open to keep pace with the processes of providing the necessary aid and support to those affected by the earthquake.