Beirut explosion: Kuwait to rebuild the destroyed wheat silos at the Lebanese port

The destroyed silo sits in rubble and debris after an explosion at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 5, 2020. (AP)

Kuwait will rebuild the national wheat silos in the port of Beirut, in a gesture of solidarity and brotherhood with Lebanon and its people, according to Lebanon’s state news agency NNA.

This was announced on Saturday by the Abdel-Aal Al-Qenaei, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon, the agency reported

“We decided that the best and most appropriate way to start with the material aid is to rebuild the silos that provide the strategic reserve of wheat for brotherly Lebanon,” Qenaei said in an interview with 'Radio Lebanon.”

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The envoy pointed out that “these silos were originally built in the year 1969 with a loan from the Kuwait Fund for Development, and that is why we decided to announce their rebuilding to continue providing strategic stocks of wheat for the Lebanese people.”

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Responding to a question, Al-Qenaei said: “I believe that to rebuild what was destroyed in this disaster, whether the port or the affected areas, there will be an international conference through the United Nations, as announced, to assess the extent of damage and how countries can contribute by providing what they can to repair the damage, whether in the port or elsewhere.”

“Kuwait, on its own initiative, established an air bridge, and also participated in the conference called for by French President Emmanuel Macron,” he added.

An aerial view taken on August 9, 2020, shows a general view of the port of Beirut. (Reuters)

An aerial view taken on August 9, 2020, shows a general view of the port of Beirut. (Reuters)



“Kuwait has committed $41 million to help Lebanon, including $30 million in prior commitments and $11 million in relief, medical and food aid. Kuwait has never been late in supporting every international effort to extend a helping hand to brotherly Lebanon.”

A general view shows the damaged grain silo following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon. (Reuters)

A general view shows the damaged grain silo following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon. (Reuters)



The Ambassador said as part of the air bridge, the first plane arrived carrying medical, relief, hospital and food aid from Kuwait. “So far, 18 Kuwait planes have transported approximately 800 tons of aid, and God willing, the aid will continue as much as possible,” the Kuwaiti diplomat said.

“We wish the injured a speedy recovery and we say to you: Kuwait is always by your side,” he added.

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