Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, was at Beirut International Airport this afternoon, alongside the Higher Relief Commission Secretary-General, Major General Mohammad Khair, and several other senior officials, to receive the two planes arriving from the Saudi Kingdom with medical, food and health aid on board.
“In line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, we are operating this air bridge to face the catastrophe of the blast that occurred in Beirut, in a clear message and a stand of solidarity with the Lebanese people in these tragic and harsh circumstances,” Bukhari said in a statement at the airport.
He added: “It is truly remarkable and a source of pride, that the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action took the initiative, hours ago, in the field to rescue the wounded and meet the basic needs, and participated with the aid available at that time. Later, and under the directives of His Highness and the Crown Prince, we were keen to form a working group to participate in limiting the damages, so when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques instructed to have this bridge, two planes arrived today; the first carrying more than 120 tons, and it is, in my opinion, one of the most distinguished aids provided, whether in terms of health or nutrition, and the most important thing today is the urgent food need, which is flour, dates, milk, and basic food supplies.”
Al-Bukhari offered his sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs, and asked the Lord Almighty to bless the wounded with speedy recovery, pledging to “work day and night to cooperate with the concerned authorities, and this is a directive that we remain in the field, directly with the brotherly Lebanese people, and the aid will follow according to the flight operations.”
“We are always besides Lebanon, and we strive for its security and stability, and we always stand by the brotherly Lebanese people,” he emphasized, adding, “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is keen on boosting and strengthening this long-standing historical and fraternal relationship.”
In turn, the Secretary General of the Higher Relief Commission praised the “efforts undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its support for Lebanon during the harsh conditions it is going through.”
Source: National News Agency