The Greek warship “Ikaria” carrying food, construction materials and medical supplies left for Lebanon on Monday.
Over 500 pallets with hundreds of tonnes of products from no fewer than 60 Greek enterprises were collected within the last 15 days.
This is the second shipment of Greek aid to Lebanon following the initiative launched by Athens to support the Middle East country which faces an economic, political, refugee and social crisis.
“A few days after the large fire that broke out at a warehouse containing engine oil and tyres at the port of Beirut last Thursday, and one month after the unprecedented, lethal explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital on 4 August, Greece responded to the call of the Lebanese authorities and dispatched a second shipment of humanitarian aid,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says in a statement.
The shipment includes products collected by the Embassy of Lebanon in Greece, the Greek-Lebanese Association, as well as social groups such as PAME, which immediately heeded the call to contribute.
Attending the warship’s departure, the head of organizing the mission at the foreign ministry, Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Fragogiannis, and National Defence General Staff Chief General Konstantinos Floros sent the message that Greece is present whenever anything happens in its neighborhood and wants to ensure that Lebanon will stand on its feet with independence, as it deserves.