Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi underlined on Wednesday the importance that the international community would stand by the Lebanese people at this critical stage, urging all Lebanese leaders to put aside their differences and place the country's higher interest above any other consideration.
El-Sisi’s remarks came during his speech at the second international conference for the support of Lebanon, which is called for by France and the United Nations (UN) via video conference to rally support for financially-strapped Lebanon.
He called for settling differences and forming an independent government capable of handling current challenges and preserving the unity of the Lebanese people.
The president said all Lebanese should realise the grave challenges besetting their nation and should spare no efforts to protect their country's security and stability which are now threatened.
Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said El-Sisi made clear that the conference is a clear-cut message of support from the international community to Lebanon and it manifests strong desire to join efforts to help Lebanon regain security and stability.
The president reviewed efforts taken by Egypt since the moment of Beirut blast to support Lebanon via sending an airlift to carry urgent humanitarian assistance to help the country make up for the great loss of strategic foodstuffs.
He also referred to the Egyptian field hospital that is offering daily services to Lebanese, saying it received more than 80,000 cases since its inauguration.
Also, Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church offered dozens of humanitarian aid to Lebanon after the massive blast that rocked Beirut port, he added.
This conference, El-Sisi said, is a message to all Lebanese politicians that the international community is ready to help the country once a government was formed.
He added that the Lebanese crisis will not be solved unless through materializing the legitimate aspirations of the brotherly Lebanese people, the spokesman said.