Minister Champagne travels to Lebanon and Europe
“As we enter the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for Canada to strengthen relations with like-minded partners and multilateral organizations. The recent explosion in Beirut illustrates how Covid-19 further complicates such tragic events, which primarily affect the world’s most vulnerable populations. The international community must be united in its response to the pandemic so that together we can promote peace, democracy, security and economic prosperity for all.”
- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada is providing a total of $30 million in humanitarian and early recovery assistance following the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
Through the Lebanon Matching Fund, for every eligible dollar donated to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members between August 4 and 24, 2020, Canada will provide the equivalent to the Humanitarian Coalition, up to a maximum total amount of $8 million.
Through its Middle East engagement strategy, Canada is also providing more than $47 million in humanitarian assistance for crisis-affected populations in Lebanon in 2020. This assistance includes, among other things, support for access to basic health services and the supply of medical assistance.
Canada is aggressively pursuing the purchase and development of Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and related supplies, which includes engagement with international partners, businesses and manufacturers.
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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