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Lebanese president calls for int'l aid

Xinhua
25 Sep 2021, 02:30 GMT+10

BEIRUT, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Friday called for international aid to revive the country's deteriorating economy via a recorded video message sent to the United Nations General Assembly, a statement by Lebanon's Presidency reported.

"We are relying on the international community to fund vital projects, whether in the public or private sector, in order to revive the economic cycle and create new job opportunities," said the statement.

Aoun gave an overview of the multiple crises facing Lebanon in light of the successive events which dealt a blow to the economy including the outbreak of COVID-19, the Beirut port explosions and the flow of refugees to Lebanon as a result of the war in neighboring Syria.

The president emphasized the need to restart indirect maritime border demarcation talks with Israel while assuring that Lebanon will not give up on any of its territorial waters.

Aoun thanked the international community for their support following the Beirut port blasts and added that Lebanon welcomes any international efforts for the rehabilitation of the port to restore its full role and activities.

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