Beirut, 1 July 2022 (TDI): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani announced $60 million in support to the Lebanese Army in a meeting with the Lebanese Army Commander.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar during his visit to Beirut on Thursday announced both financial and food assistance to the Lebanese Army.

The announcement took place when the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar along with the Chairman of Qatar Fund for Development were on a visit to Lebanon for the Arab Foreign Ministers Consultative Meeting, hosted by Lebanon.

During the visit, the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar had talks with the Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Joseph Aoun regarding Doha’s brotherly support to Beirut.

Qatar’s Support to Lebanon

The Deputy Prime Minister said in a statement, “The announcement comes within the framework of the State of Qatar’s firm commitment to the support of the Republic of Lebanon.”

General Joseph Aoun expressed his gratitude towards the funds provided by Doha and said, “Doha’s support for the brotherly Lebanese people reflects its firm belief in the importance and necessity of joint Arab action.”

The aid to Lebanon shows Qatar’s strong commitment to supporting the people in Lebanon and the state institutions and secondly, to show the people in Lebanon that the Arab world has not forgotten them.

Along with the financial support, Qatar also announced food assistance in the form of 70 tons of foodstuff to Lebanon every month for the next year.

Lebanon is grappled with a situation of worsened economic crisis with an overall deterioration of living conditions in the country.

The economic crisis in 2019 in which the Lebanese pound lost more than 90 percent of its value, has left tens and thousands of people jobless.

Lebanon has been receiving assistance from friendly countries for three past three years.