Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday chaired a regular consultation on the work carried out by the Armenian government to assist the Lebanese government after Tuesday’s powerful and deadly explosion in Beirut.
"We have gathered to discuss what to do next after the explosion in Beirut, in particular the situation in the [Beirut] Armenian community (…). Three planes [from Yerevan] are currently scheduled to fly [to Beirut]. All three will be humanitarian aid: medicine, food," Pashinyan said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan reported that the first flight is scheduled for Saturday at 9pm, the main purpose of which will be first of all to provide medical drug assistance. "The next flight is scheduled for August 11; one more flight will be operated next week. The process of collecting the goods is currently underway. We believe we will have up to 12 tons of cargo on the first flight, which will be transported to Lebanon," Avinyan said.
Also, representatives of the government and the National Assembly of Armenia, as well as of the Hayastan (Armenia) All Armenian Fund will visit Lebanon to review the situation on the ground, and to clarify—with the Lebanese government and the local Armenian community—what other resources are needed to assist the Lebanese government and the local Armenian community.
Then, issues related to the organization and coordination of these activities were discussed.