Although the aid will be sent directly to the Lebanese people, at least in France’s case, the attendees did press Lebanon’s ruling class to step up their response to the aftermath of the Beirut Port Explosion, whose effects still haunt Lebanon to this day.
“I think that Lebanese leaders … owe their people the truth and transparency,” President Macron told the conference.
In a similar statement, President Biden stressed that “no amount of outside assistance will ever be enough if Lebanon’s leaders do not commit to do the hard but necessary work of reforming the economy and combating corruption.”
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