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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada visited the Lebanese Red Cross
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne, visited Yesterday August 27th, the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) headquarters in Beirut- Spears Street accompanied by the presumptive Ambassador Ms. Chantal Chastenay with a high-ranking delegation from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon, where they were welcomed by the President of LRC, Dr. Antoine Zoghbi, and the Secretary General, Mr. Georges El Kettaneh. A meeting took place in which a number of officials from the society and representatives of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Canadian Red Cross participated. The visit aimed to stand by the LRC, appreciate its efforts, and devote cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross in order to combine capabilities to help those affected by the blast occurred in Beirut.

Mr. Kettaneh gave a presentation on the continuous readiness of the LRC, the work and services that were provided from the first moment of the blast, including relief and blood transfusion. He also presented information about what the LRC is currently doing in the affected area through the continuation of EMS, blood transfusion, and the basic assistance such as food parcels, Hygiene Kit, shelters, primary health care, medical examinations, distributing medicines, and psychological support through the teams existed at the scene, in addition to Restoring Family Links. The presentation also included the aid that are reaching the society and how it is distributed according to the statistical survey that was conducted by the LRC team. Mr. El Kettaneh also presented the challenges and the ways to be overcome in order to continue providing support to those in need to preserve their dignity.

Minister Champagne noted the pioneering humanitarian role played by the LRC praising the distinguished efforts of work and services that were evident in the rescue and relief operations. He indicated that the Canadian government has sincere intentions to provide sustainable assistance and that the LRC is a reliable partner in providing aid to those who really needs it.

In his speech, Dr. Zoghbi thanked the Canadian authorities represented by His Excellency Minister Champagne, and all those who contributed, from the Canadian community and the Canadian Red Cross, for this humanitarian support. He added that the Lebanese Red Cross appreciates all the tremendous efforts in order to help those affected by this huge disaster in light of these difficult economic, social and health conditions. He pointed out that the history of the LRC is related to the suffering and has always been on the side of the needy who today are demanding the LRC to be beside them due to the trust, respect and transparency. Dr. Zoghbi stressed the importance of having a clear and sustainable support strategy to preserve the role of the LRC in health security and safety.

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