MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE
AUGUST 7, 2020
We mourn the loss of life from the horrible tragedy that caused such tremendous destruction to Beirut earlier this week. We pray for the survivors and their families and for all the Lebanese people as they struggle to put their lives and city back together. The United States has already pledged more than $17 million in initial disaster aid for Lebanon, which includes food assistance and medical supplies. This assistance augments the $403 million in U.S. humanitarian assistance to Lebanon since September 2019, including $41.6 million in assistance for the COVID response. We join others in the call for a thorough and transparent investigation into the cause of this explosion. The Lebanese people deserve accountability and a government that prioritizes the safety and prosperity of its citizens. No nation is more generous or compassionate than the United States, and we will continue to help the Lebanese people as they recover from this tragedy.