Kuwait to rebuild Lebanon grain silo destroyed in Beirut explosion

Kuwait has confirmed that it will rebuild Lebanon’s only large grain silo in Beirut, which was destroyed by the port explosion raising fears of food shortages in the country.

The destruction of the 120,000-tonne capacity structure at the port, the main entry point for food imports, meant that buyers would need to rely on smaller private storage facilities for their wheat purchases with no government reserves to fall back on.

According to the state-run Bahrain News Agency, the large grain silo in Beirut was first constructed in 1969 with the help of a Kuwaiti development loan.

Kuwait’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdulaal al-Qenaie, said that the Gulf monarchy will rebuild the silo so it remains a symbol of “how to manage relations between two brotherly countries that respect each other.”

The current stand-in economy minister of Lebanon, Raoul Nehme, has reassured citizens that there will be no flour or bread crisis in Lebanon.

Plans for another grain silo in Lebanon’s second largest port Tripoli were shelved years ago due to a lack of funding, according to a Reuters report quoting a U.N. official, a port official, and a regional grain expert.

Meanwhile, Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) has continued to send additional aid to assist the people of Lebanon by airlifting the third consignment of humanitarian supplies to the country.

Two Emirates SkyCargo aircrafts, chartered by Dubai’s IHC, left Dubai International Airport (DXB) with aid supplies carrying approximately 30 metric tonnes of aid, including approximately 12 tonnes of medical supplies from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and 18 metric tonnes of hygiene kits from the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).

The UAE has also sent urgent medical aid to Lebanon to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a donation from the President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

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