Baku (UNA-OIC) – Azerbaijan will send financial aid worth $1 million to Lebanon over the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.
According to a decree signed by Prime Minister Ali Asadov on Wednesday, the funds, in the amount of the manat equivalent to $1 million from the reserve fund envisaged in the 2020 state budget, will be allocated to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon to help eliminate the consequences of the tragedy in that country.
Earlier on Wednesday , Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev extended his condolences to Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun over the explosion in Beirut.
Commenting on the Azerbaijan’s provision of financial assistance to Lebanon, Lebanese Prime Minister Imad Al-Hout said the initiative demonstrated Islamic solidarity, which is so necessary at the present time.
He added that the assistance provided by the Azerbaijani government to the people of Lebanon is timely and very important.
“We shall express our gratitude to President Ilham Aliyev, the government of Azerbaijan, and fraternal Azerbaijani people for the provided financial support.”
Al-Hout also noted that the financial support by Azerbaijan to Lebanon will become a great impetus for strengthening relations between the two countries, which primarily is beneficial to Beirut.
The huge explosion in Beirut on Tuesday killed at least 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others. A two-week state of emergency has begun in Lebanon over the blast. President Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse.