Two senior US officials are expected to head to Beirut in the coming days, diplomatic sources said Saturday.
US Agency for International Development (USAID) acting administrator, John Barsa, will head to Beirut on Sunday before the number three official at the State Department makes a separate trip midweek, the sources told Al Arabiya English.
David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, may be in Beirut as soon as Wednesday, two sources said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Hale was previously the US ambassador to Lebanon from 2013 to 2015.
Watch: Protesters storm #Lebanon’s foreign ministry building and put up banners that read “capital of the revolution” and “Beirut is a demilitarized city," amid anti-government demonstrations in the wake of the deadly #Beirut explosion.https://t.co/pHRtcxMaha pic.twitter.com/L1g9kLozak— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 8, 2020
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Saturday that the deadly Beirut explosion happened due to corruption and mismanagement, and added that he will put forward a draft bill for snap parliamentary elections during a cabinet meeting on Monday.
In a live speech addressing the nation, Diab called for “everyone to come together to overcome this stage,” and said, “We are in a state of emergency related to the fate of the country and its future.”
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