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Saudi Arabia Calls for Transparent Probe into Beirut Blast

Saudi Arabia Calls for Transparent Probe into Beirut Blast

Sunday, 9 August, 2020 - 17:15
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan takes part in the virtual conference on Lebanon

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan called on Sunday for a transparent international investigation into the massive explosion that has destroyed swathes of Beirut.


Prince Faisal told an online donor conference that Saudi Arabia stands with the Lebanese people.


He stressed “the importance of holding a transparent and impartial international probe” into the blast.


The minister also told the conference that “Lebanon is in dire need of comprehensive and urgent political and economic reforms to stop such a terrible disaster from happening again.”


He said Lebanon needs strong state institutions that work for the interests of its people.


The minister expressed concern over the “ongoing destructive hegemony” of Hezbollah. “We all know this organization’s history of using explosive materials and storing them among civilians in several Arab and European countries and in the Americas.”


He added that four planes carrying Saudi aid have arrived in Beirut.


The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided 290 tons of medical equipment, food supplies and housing materials.


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