Lebanon: World leaders demand Beirut reforms at aid conference
05 December 2020 | 7:03 am
The UN and France have said an emergency aid fund will be set up to help Lebanon cope with reconstruction after the Beirut port blast. However, long-term economic support depends on forming a viable new government.
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